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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2021 has been awarded to Abdulrazak Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents." Gurnah was born in 1948 and grew up on the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, but he arrived in England as a refugee at the end of the 1960s. He has published 10 novels and a number of short stories. The theme of the refugee’s disruption runs throughout his work.

The National Book Awards 2021

The National Book Foundation has announced the shortlists for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People's Literature. The winners will be revealed on November 17th during a ceremony that will be held virtually. You can sign up here to watch.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2021

The shortlist for the 2021 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. The final six includes debut novelist Patricia Lockwood with NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS. Damon Galgut makes the list for the third time with THE PROMISE, and Richard Powers makes his second shortlist appearance with BEWILDERMENT. Also making the list are Anuk Arudpragasam for A PASSAGE NORTH, Nadifa Mohamed with THE FORTUNE MEN, and Maggie Shipstead with GREAT CIRCLE. The judges will reveal the winning book during a prize ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre on November 3rd.

The 2021 Kirkus Prize

Kirkus Reviews has announced the 18 finalists in three categories for the annual Kirkus Prize, one of the richest literary awards in the world. “This year’s roster of finalists is as exceptional as any we’ve seen,” said Kirkus Reviews editor-in-chief Tom Beer. “Our judges have surveyed a remarkably diverse field and identified the books that deserve the widest possible readership. That has always been our mission at Kirkus, and we’re thrilled to further it with this year’s prizes.” This year’s winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony livestreamed from the Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas, on October 28th.

Agatha Awards 2020

On July 17th, the winners of the 2020 Agatha Awards were announced at More Than Malice, Malice Domestic’s virtual festival. The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery," books typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others. For the purposes of Malice Domestic, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore or gratuitous violence, and are not classified as "hard-boiled."

International Thriller Writers Awards 2021

During a ceremony at “Virtual” ThrillerFest on July 10th, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2021 Thriller Awards. The awards were presented by literary luminaries Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Walter Mosley, Karin Slaughter and R.L. Stine.

The Man Booker International Prize 2021

The winner of the 2021 Man Booker International Prize is AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK by David Diop, translated from the French by Anna Mocschovakis. Lucy Hughes-Hallett, who chaired a panel of five judges, said, “This story of warfare and love and madness has a terrifying power. The protagonist is accused of sorcery, and there is something uncanny about the way the narrative works on the reader. We judges agreed that its incantatory prose and dark, brilliant vision had jangled our emotions and blown our minds. That it had cast a spell on us.”

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2021

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2020. The Edgar® Awards were presented via a live presentation on Zoom and can be found on You Tube or Facebook.

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2020

The 41st annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded on April 16th. The best books of 2020 were recognized in 12 categories, along with the winners of the Robert Kirsch and Innovator’s awards.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards 2020

The winners of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on March 25th during an online ceremony.