National Book award 2022 winner announcement– Tess Gunty, John Keene, Imani Perry, Samanta Schweblin and Sabaa Tahir are the winners in their specific genre.
The 73rd National Book Awards winners have been announced this Wednesday, November 16 at 8:00 pm EST. The ceremony event was live-streamed and in-person at the NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium. The award ceremony was held in person for the first time after the pandemic.
Each year, the finalists are selected from the various genres of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translated literature and Young People’s literature.
Tess Gunty has won the national award winner for the fiction category for her novel “the rabbit hutch”. She has also won the Barnes & nobles discover prize award winner and the Waterstones debut Fiction prize award 2022. Tess Gunty’s The Rabbit Hutch is a gorgeous and provocative tale of loneliness and community, entrapment and freedom.
The story is set in a fictitious industrial town known as Vacca Vela, Indiana where is the apartment building- Rabbit Hutch, here lives the four teenagers who recently aged out of foster care and how they go through the culminating shocking act of violence.
John Keene won a National Book Award in the genre of poetry for his book Punks: new & selected poems. He has also won the Lambda Literary Award and Thum Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Punks cover various topics with historic narration like loss, lust and love. The voices that emerge in these poems, from historic Balck personalities, both familial and famous, to poets’ friends and gay lovers in bars and bedrooms. It addresses desire, oppression, AIDS and grief through sorrowful songs.
In the Nonfiction genre, Imani Perry won the National Book Award for South to America: A journey below the Mason Dixon to Understand the soul of a nation. This book gives a different perspective of South America and adds a revelatory argument for why you must understand the South to understand America. A graceful, finely crafted examination of America’s racial, cultural, and political identity. Perry always delivers.
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Samanta Schweblin won the award for her book, Seven Empty Houses for the genre of translated literature. She has also won the Premio de Narrativa breve Ribera del Duero (2015). The seven empty houses in a collection of seven short stories. Some are devoid of love or life or furniture, or people or the truth or memories but something unusual takes part, a ghost, a fight, trespassers, a list of things to do before you die, a child’s first encounter with a dark choice or the fallibility of parents.
Sabaa Tahir won the award for All My Rage in the genre of Young people’s literature. Sabaa Tahir comes with a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary YA novel about family forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.
Each finalist received a prize of $1,000, a medal and a citation from the panel at a private medal ceremony. Each winner received $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.