Authors Nominated For The 2021 National Book Awards

As fall comes around, let us check out some nominated authors for the National Book Awards of 2021!

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It is sweater weather finally! Grab your chai, grab your big knitted blankets, and let us check out some award-nominated books and authors to satisfy your fall palate!

A couple of authors from this list have been previously nominated in the National Book Awards. This includes MacArthur’s “genius” Hanif Abdurraqib, triple finalist Lauren Groff, and YA author Kekla Magoon. This list of nominees also includes debut authors whose works are being acclaimed this year; such as, Robert Jones Jr. specifically for his work The Prophets which is a love story about two enslaved men working on a plantation.

The winners of the National Book Awards will be released on November 17, and the winners will receive $10,000.


  • Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land
  • Lauren Groff, Matrix
  • Laird Hunt, Zorrie
  • Robert Jones Jr., The Prophets
  • Jason Mott, Hell of a Book


  • Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
  • Lucas Bessire, Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains
  • Grace M. Cho, Tastes Like War: A Memoir
  • Nicole Eustace, Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America
  • Tiya Miles, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family’s Keepsake


  • Desiree C. Bailey, What Noise Against the Cane
  • Matrin Espada, Floaters
  • Douglas Kearny, Sho
  • Hoa Nguyen, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure
  • Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void

Translated Literature

  • Elisa Shua Dusapin, Winter in Sokcho. Translated by Aneesa Abbas Higgins
  • Ge Fei, Peach Blossom Paradise. Translated by Canaan Morse
  • Nona Fernandez, The Twilight Zone. Translated by Natasha Wimmer
  • Benjamin Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World. Translated by Adrian Nathan West
  • Samar Yazbek, Planet of Clay. Translated by Leri Price

Young People’s Literature

  • Shing Yin Khor, The Legend of Auntie Po
  • Malinda Lo, Last Night at the Telegraph Club
  • Kyle Lukoff, Too Bright to See
  • Kekia Magoon, Revolution in Our Time: the Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
  • Amber McBride, Me (Moth)

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