2020 National Book Awards Winners


Fiction: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

“Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He’s merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production.”—National Book Awards


Non-Fiction: The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Tamara Payne, Les Payne

“Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X—all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world.”---National Book Award

Poetry: DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

“Woven from poems, prose, photographs, and drawings, Don Mee Choi's DMZ Colony is a tour de force of personal and political reckoning set over eight acts.”—National Book Awards


Translated Literature: Tokyo Ueno Station, by Giles, Yu Miri