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Award Winners

The librarians at the Topsfield Town Library have developed this resource to highlight books that have been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in book publishing over the most recent several years.

Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction …” (Source: Nobel Prize website)

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced on October 6, 2022.

2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah
2020: Louise Gluck
2019: Peter Handke
2018: Olga Tokarczuk

Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

The Pulitzer Prize in Fiction is awarded to “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.” (Source: Pulitzer Prize website)

2022: The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen
Finalists: Monkey Boy by Fransisco Goldman, Palmares by Gayl Jones

2021: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Finalists: A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth by Daniel Mason, Telephone by Percival Everett

2020: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Finalists: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

National Book Award for Fiction

The National Book Award for Fiction is awarded to a piece of fiction written by an American author (see full guidelines here).

2021: Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
Finalists: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, Matrix by Lauren Groff, Zorrie by Laird Hunt, The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

2020: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
Finalists: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

2019: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Finalists: Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, The Other Americans by Laila Lalami, Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction honors the best published works of fiction by American permanent residents in a calendar year. (Source)

2022: The Wrong End of the Telescope by Rabih Alameddine
Finalists: Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Admed, The President and the Frog by Carolina de Robertis, Dear Miss Metropolitan by Carolyn Ferrell, How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

2021:The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
Finalists: Disappear Doppelganger Disappear by Matthew Salesses, The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe, Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman, Scattered Lights by Steve Wiegenstein

2020:Sea Monsters by Chole Aridjis
Finalists: Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li, The Night Swimmers by Peter Rock, We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Booker Prize

Each year, the Booker Prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. (Source)

The shortlist for the 2022 Booker Prize will be announced on September 6, 2022.

2021: The Promise by Damon Galgut
2020: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
2019: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
2018: Milkman by Anna Burns

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. It is awarded during the Midwinter American Library Association conference. (Source)

2022: The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin
2021: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
2020: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
2019: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
2018: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

New England Book Award in Fiction

The New England Book Award in Fiction is awarded to adult fiction materials either about New England, set in New England, or written by an author residing in New England. (Source)

2022 Finalists: Babel by R.F. Kuang, Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra, Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel, The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
2021: Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
2020: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
2019: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
2018: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Barbara Gittings Literature Award (Stonewall Award)

Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table, the Barbara Gittings Literature Stonewall Award is honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. (Source)

2022: Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Finalists: Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki, Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans, Stone Fruit by Lee Lai, A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
2021: Thirty Names of Night by  Zeyn Joukhadar
2020: Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
2019: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
2018: Meanwhile, Elsewhere edited by Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett

Lambda Literary Awards

In 1989, the Lambda Literary Awards were created to garner national visibility for LGBTQ books, which had established a foothold through a nascent network of lesbian and gay publishers and bookstores. (Source)

Transgender Fiction


2022: Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton
2021: Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar
2020: Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante
2019: Little Fish by Casey Plett

Bisexual Fiction


2022: We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin
2021: You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat
2020: Exquisite Mariposa by Fiona Alison Duncan
2019: Disoriental by Negar Djavadi

Gay Fiction

2022: 100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell
2021: Neotenica by Joon Oluchi Lee
2020: Lot by Bryan Washington
2019: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Lesbian Fiction

2022: Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie
2021: Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera
2020: Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
2019: The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai

Nebula Award for Best Novel

The Nebula Award for Best Novel annually recognize the best novel of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. (Source)

2021: Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
Finalists: The Unbroken by C. L. Clark, Machinehood by S.B. Divya, A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine, Plague Birds by Jason Sanford
2020: Network Effect by Martha Wells

2019: A Song For A New Day by Sarah Pinsker

2018: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Hugo Award for Best Novel

The Hugo Award for Best Novel is an annual literary award for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. (Source)

2022 Finalists:
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine, The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers, Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir,
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
2021: Network Effect by Martha Wells
2020: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
2019: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel

The Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel is given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention The award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. (Source)

2022 Finalists: Runner by Tracy Clark, Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby, The Collective by Alison Gaylin, Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara, These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall
2021: Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
2020: The Murder List by Hank Phillipi Ryan
2019: November Road by Lou Berney.

International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel

The Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel is awarded to the best hardcover novel thriller, published in English for the first time, anywhere in the world, in the past calendar year. (Source)

2022: Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
Finalists: The Turnout by Megan Abbott, Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney, These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall, Red Widow by Alma Katsu, I Am Not Who You Think I Am by Eric Rickstad
2021: Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
2020: The Chain by Adrian McKinty
2019: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel

The Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel is awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, and honors the best in mystery fiction. (Source)

2022: Five Decembers by James Kestrel
Finalists: The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen, Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby, How Lucky by Will Leitch, No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield
2021: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
2020: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
2019: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosely

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. (Source)

2022: The Trees by Percival Everett
2021: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
2020: The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
2019: There There by Tommy Orange
2018: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Eisner Awards

Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, the Eisner Awards, are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. They are awarded usually in July. (Source)

2022 Winners:
Best Short Story: “Funeral in Foam,” by Casey Gilly and Raina Telgemeier, in You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife

Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez

Best Continuing Series: Bitter Root by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene, and
Something Is Killing the Children, by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera

Best Limited Series:

The Good Asian, by Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi

Best New Series:

The Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno

Woman’s Prize for Fiction

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating & honouring fiction written by women. (Source)

2022: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
2021: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
2020: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
2019: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction

The Massachusetts Book Awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by current Commonwealth residents.

2021: The Bear by Andrew Krivak
Honorees: Inheritors by Asako Serizawa, The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner
2020: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
2019: The Unmade World by Steve Yarbrough

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. (Source)

2022: The Eagles Claw by Jeff Shaara
2021: A Quiet Cadence by Mark Treanor
2020: Darkness at Chancellorsville by Ralph Peters
2019: And The Whole Mountain Burned by Ray McPadden

PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction

The PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel honors a debut novel of exceptional merit by an American author who has not previously published a full-length book of fiction. (Source)

2022: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
2021: Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
2020: A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar
2019: There, There by Tommy Orange

Gold Dagger Award

This award is for the best crime novel by an author of any nationality, originally written in English and first published in the UK during the judging period. (Source)

2022: Sunset Swing by Ray Celestin
2021: We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
2020: Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham
2019: The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven

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