2011 National Book Award Winners & Finalists

Learn more about the National Book Awards here.


2011 National Book Award Fiction Finalists

The Sojourn The Tiger's Wife The Buddha in the Attic Binocular Vision Salvage the Bones

WINNER: Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
(Bloomsbury USA)

Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn
(Bellevue Literary Press) – Interview

Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
(Random House)

Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House) – Interview

Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision
(Lookout Books, an imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington) – Interview

Fiction Judges: Deirdre McNamer (Panel Chair), Jerome Charyn,
John Crowley, Victor LaValle, Yiyun Li


2011 National Book Awards Nonfiction Finalists

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

WINNER: Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
(W. W. Norton & Company) – Interview

Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
(Graywolf Press) – Interview

Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
(Little, Brown and Company) – Interview

Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
(Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA) – Interview

Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
(It Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) – Interview

Nonfiction Judges: Alice Kaplan (Panel Chair), Yunte Huang,
Jill Lepore, Barbara Savage


2011 National Book Award Poetry Finalists

Head Off & Split The Chameleon Couch Double Shadow Tonight No Poetry Will Serve Devotions

WINNER: Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split
(TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press) – Interview


Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Carl Phillips, Double Shadow
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux) – Interview

Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
(W.W. Norton & Company) – Interview

Bruce Smith, Devotions
(University of Chicago Press) – Interview

Poetry Judges: Elizabeth Alexander (Panel Chair), Thomas Sayers Ellis,
Amy Gerstler, Kathleen Graber, Roberto Tejada


2011 National Book Award Young People's Literature Finalists

WINNER: Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) – Interview

Franny Billingsley, Chime
(Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. )

Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy
(Marshall Cavendish)

Albert Marrin, Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) – Interview

Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now
(Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) – Interview

Young People’s Literature Judges: Marc Aronson (Panel Chair),
Ann Brashares, Matt de la Peña, Nikki Grimes, Will Weaver


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