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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
The booksellers at Madison Street Books share some of their favorite poetry titles in celebration of National Poetry Month (April).
Women's Prize for FictionSee more

The Women’s Prize Trust is a registered charity championing women writers on a global stage.

We empower all women to raise their voice and own their story, shining a spotlight on outstanding and ambitious fiction by women from anywhere in the world, regardless of their age, race, nationality or background. The titles below have been longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction. The shortlist will be announced in April and the winner announced July 7th. Order any of the titles below for preorder, pickup or shipping! 

Northwestern Reading ListSee more
For other works by the authors, including those by Fiore and Woodson, please contact us
Staff Favorites 2020See more
Presenting: Madison Street Books' Booksellers Top Books of 2020
 Owner & Fearless Leader Mary's Top 5: The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane & illustrated by Jackie Morris, The Bear by Andrew Krivak, The Butchers’ Blessing by Ruth Gilligan, The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes, Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake 

 Manager Extraordinaire Wayne's Top 5: Intimations by Zadie Smith, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, Jack by Marilynne Robinson, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

Phenomenal Bookseller Joe's Top 5: The Art of Solitude by Stephen Batchelor, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, Wintering by Katherine May, Wagnerism by Alex Ross, The Nolan Variations by Tom Shone

Marvelous Bookseller Kaitlynn's Top 5: Temporary by Hilary Leichter, The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, Earthlings by Sayake Murata, The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

 
2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS
Established in 1950, the National Book Awards are American literary prizes administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. 
On November 18, the winners of the 2020 National Book Awards were announced.


Young People's Literature: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
Translated Literature: Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri
Poetry: DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi
Nonfiction: The Dead Are Arising by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
Fiction: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
2020 NEWBERY MEDAL FINALISTS
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal is: New Kid by Jerry Craft
 
2020 PULITZER PRIZE FINALISTS
The Pulitzer Prize administration awards prizes across 22 categories in journalism and the arts each year. Below are the finalists for the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes in Fiction, History, Biography, Poetry and General Nonfiction. 

The winners for each category are:
Fiction: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
History: Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel
Biography: Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
Poetry: The Tradition by Jericho Brown
General Nonfiction: The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin  &
The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer
2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDALS
FOR EXCELLENCE FINALISTS
The six shortlist titles for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—were announced on November 17. The two medal winners will be announced by 2021 selection committee chair Bill Kelly on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000.

The shortlist for Fiction:
A Burning by Megha Majumdar
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
The shortlist selection of Nonfiction titles for 2020: 
Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs
Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Tretheway
2020 KIRKUS PRIZE FINALISTS
The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature. It was created to celebrate the 85+ years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large.

On November 5, the Kirkus Prize Winners of 2020 were announced.
For Fiction: Luster by Raven Leilani
Nonfiction: Stakes is High by Mychal Denzel Smith 
Children's: I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James
2020 BOOKER PRIZE FINALISTS
The Booker Prizes reward the finest in fiction, highlighting great books to readers and transforming authors’ careers. The longlist selection for the 2020 Booker Prize is listed below. On November 19, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart won the 2020 Booker Prize. 

Shortlist titles: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga
 Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
 Real Life by Brandon Taylor
 & Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.