The National Book Award for Fiction

The prestigious National Book Awards were established in 1950 to recognize American literary works of exceptional merit. The finalists for the fiction category (as well as other categories) are selected by independent judging panels. While sponsored for most years by the National Book Foundation, the awards from 1980 to 1986 were sponsored by the Association of American Publishers, who renamed them the American Book Awards, and made awards in many more categories. (This award description was taken from NoveList, a database dedicated to helping readers find fiction titles, award winning books, and similar titles and authors.)  Visit the National Book Foundation official website for more information about this award and past winners.

All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


2014 Klay, Phil. Redeployment.
    Also available: eBook
2013 McBride, James. The Good Lord Bird.
    Also available: Large TypeCDeBook
2012 Erdrich, Louise. The Round House.
    Also available: Large Type, CD
2011 Ward, Jesmyn. Salvage the Bones.
2010 Gordon, Jaimy. Lord of Misrule.
2009 McCann, Colum. Let the Great World Spin.
    Also available: Large Type, CD
2008 Matthiessen, Peter. Shadow Country.
    Also available: CD
2007 Johnson, Denis. Tree of Smoke.
    Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook
2006 Powers, Richard. The Echo Maker.
    Also available: CD, eAudiobook  
2005 Vollmann, William T. Europe Central.
2004 Tuck, Lily. The News from Paraguay.
2003 Hazzard, Shirley. The Great Fire
    Also available: CD 
2002 Glass, Julia. Three Junes.
    Also available: Large TypeCDeAudiobook
2001 Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections
    Also available: Large Type, CD
2000 Sontag, Susan. In America.
    Also available: Large Type
1999 Jin, Ha. Waiting.
    Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook
1998 McDermott, Alice. Charming Billy.
    Also available: Large Type
1997 Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain
    Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
1996 Barrett, Andrea. Ship Fever and Other Stories.
1995 Roth, Philip. Sabbath’s Theater.
    Also available: eAudiobook, Digital Player
1994 Gaddis, William. A Frolic of His Own.
1993 Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News.
    Also available: Large Type, CD
1992 McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses.
    Also available: CD, eAudiobook
1991 Rush, Norman. Mating.
1990 Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage.
1989 Casey, John. Spartina.
1988 Dexter, Pete. Paris Trout.
1987 Heinemann, Larry. Paco’s Story.
    Also available: CD
1986 Doctorow, E.L. World’s Fair
    Also available: Large Type
1985 Delillo, Don. White Noise.
1984 Gilchrist, Ellen. Victory Over Japan.
1983 Walker, Alice. The Color Purple.
    Also available: CD
Welty, Eudora. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.
1982 Updike, John. Rabbit Is Rich.
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1981 Morris, Wright. Plains, Song, for Female Voices.
1980 Styron, William. Sophie’s Choice.
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1979 O’Brien, Tim. Going After Cacciato.
1978 Settle, Mary Lee. Blood Tie.
1977 Stegner, Wallace. The Spectator Bird.
    Also available: CD
1976 Gaddis, William. JR.
1975 Stone, Robert. Dog Soldiers.
Williams, Thomas. The Hair of Harold Roux.
1974 Pynchon, Thomas. Gravity’s Rainbow.
Singer, Isaac Bashevis. A Crown of Feathers, and Other Stories.
1973 Barth, John. Chimera.
Williams, John Edward. Augustus.
1972 O'Connor, Flannery. The Complete Stories.
1971 Bellow, Saul. Mr. Sammler’s Planet.
1970 Oates, Joyce Carol. Them.
1969 Kosinski, Jerzy. Steps.
1968 Wilder, Thornton. The Eighth Day.
1967 Malamud, Bernard. The Fixer.
    Also available: Large Type
1966 Porter, Katherine Anne. The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter.
1965 Bellow, Saul. Herzog.
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1964 Updike, John. The Centaur.
1963 Powers, James Earl. Morte d’Urban.
1962 Walker, Percy. The Moviegoer.
1961 Richter, Conrad. The Waters of Kronos.
1960 Roth, Philip. Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories.
    Also available: eAudiobook
1959 Malamud, Bernard. Magic Barrel.
1958 Cheever, John. The Wapshot Chronicle.
1957 Morris, Wright. The Field of Vision.
1956 O'Hara, John. Ten North Frederick.
1955 Faulkner, William. A Fable.
1954 Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March.
    Also available: CD
1953 Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man.
    Also available: CD
1952 Jones, James. From Here to Eternity.
1951 Faulkner, William. The Collected Stories of William Faulkner.
    Also available: CD
1950 Algren, Nelson. The Man with the Golden Arm.