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The National Book Awards are presented annually by the National Book Foundation. They were first awarded in 1950. The judges include authors, editors and booksellers. Here is the latest National Book Award coverage from our blogs:

  • Finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards Announced (2016-10-10): Finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards were announced. Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson lead the fiction category.

  • Daniel Handler Apologizes Again, Raises Money for WNDB (2014-11-23): Daniel Handler really knows how to make a grand gesture. He apologized again for racist comments and donated $110,000 to We Need Diverse Books.

  • Phil Klay Wins, Daniel Handler Horrifies at National Book Awards (2014-11-20): Former Marine Phil Klay won the National Book Award for Fiction. Host Daniel Handler made racially offensive joke that horrified many.

  • Daniel Handler to Host the National Book Awards Ceremony (2014-06-26): Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, will act as master of ceremonies for the National Book Awards in November.

  • National Book Award Judges Named for 2014 (2014-04-01): The National Book foundation has announced the judges for the 2014 National Book Awards. The entry form closes on May 15th for submissions.

  • E.L. Doctorow's Accepts the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (2013-11-26): E.L. Doctorow gave an interesting speech about the Internet and free speech as he accepted the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

  • 2013 National Book Awards Finalists Announced (2013-10-16): MSNBC announced the finalists for the National Book Awards this morning. The finalists include Jhumpa Lahiri and Thomas Pynchon.

  • National Book Awards Adds Long Lists, Expands Eligibility for Judging Panels (2013-01-15): The National Book Foundation announced changes in how the National Book Awards are reviewed and selected.

  • 2012 National Book Award Poetry Finalists Announced (2012-10-23): The finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards have been announced.

  • Elmore Leonard to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Awards (2012-09-22): Crime novelist Elmore Leonard will receive the 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

  • National Book Award Winners Get Increased Print Runs (2011-11-18): The four winners of the National Book Awards are being reprinted, reports Publishers Weekly.

  • Jesmyn Ward Wins 2011 National Book Award for Fiction for Salvage the Bones (2011-11-17): The winners of the 2011 National Book Awards are: Fiction: Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA) Nonfiction: Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W.

  • Lauren Myracle Was Asked to Withdraw Shine From NBA Competition (2011-10-21): Lauren Myracle's Shine was included in this year's list of National Book Award finalists due to what the National Book Foundation described as a "miscommunication.

  • Miscommunication Leads to Extra Book Being Included in National Book Award Finalists (2011-10-13): The National Book Foundation made a rare mistake when it released its list of National Book Award finalists yesterday.

  • Judges for 2011 National Book Awards Announced (2011-04-25): The judges for the 2011 National Book Awards have been announced.

  • Judy Blume Wins National Book Award (2004-09-15): Bestselling children's author Judy Blume has been named this year's winner of an honorary National Book Award for contributions to American letters.