Over 60 Years of the National Book Awards- 81 Fiction Winners

To celebrate the 60th year of the National Book Awards in 2009, the National Book Foundation presented a book-a-day blog on the 77 Fiction winners from 1950 to 2008.

The blog ran in 2009 from July 7th to September 21st, starting with Nelson Algren’s The Man With the Golden Arm, ending with Peter Matthiessen’s Shadow Country, and including works by Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and Alice McDermott. Readers discovered lesser known but equally talented National Book Award Fiction Winners such as Conrad Richter, Wright Morris, and Robb Forman Dew. On September 21st, readers had the chance to select The Best of the National Book Awards Fiction and win two tickets to the 2009 National Book Awards, the first time in its history the Awards were opened to a public vote.

The book-a-day blog prompted the Foundation to continue celebrating the Fiction winners by inviting writers to blog about each new winner after 2008.

Click on the active cover images to be taken to the blog entry for that book.

1950 winner, man with the golden arm, nelson algren collected stories, william faulkner, 1951 awards 1952 awards, from here to eternity, james jones 1953 winner, invisible man, ralph ellison 1954 winners, adventures of augie march, saul bellow 1955 winners, a fable, william faulkner
1956 winner, ten north frederick, john ohara 1957 winner, wright morris, field of vision 1958 winner, wapshot chronicle, john cheever 1959 winner, magic barrel, bernard malamud 1960 winner, philip roth, goodbye columbus 1961 winner, waters of kronos, conrad richter
1962 winner, movie-goer, walker percy 1963 winner, Morte DUrban, J. F. Powers 1964 winner, centaur, john updike 1965 winner, herzog, saul bellow 1966 winner, collected stories of katherine anne porter 1967 winner, the fixer, bernard malamud
1968 winner, eighth day, thornton wilder 1969 winner, steps, jerzy kosinski 1970 winner, them, joyce carol oates 1971 winner, mr. sammlers planet, saul bellow 1972 winner, complete stories, flannery oconnor 1973 winner, chimera, john barth
1973 winner, augustus, john williams 1974 winner, gravitys rainbow, thomas pynchon 1974 winner, crown of feathers, isaac bashevis singer 1975 winner, dog soldiers, robert stone 1975 winner, hair of harold roux, thomas williams 1976 winner, jr, william gaddis
winner 1977, spectator bird, wallace stegner winner 1978, blood tie, mary lee settle winner 1979, tim obrien, going after cacciato winner 1980, stained glass, william f buckley jr winner 1980, world according to garp, john irving winner 1980, louis lamour, bendigo shafter
winner 1980, john macdonald, green ripper winner 1980, jem, frederick pohl winner 1980, sophies choice, william styron winner 1980, book of the dun cow, wangerin jr winner 1980, birdy, william wharton winner 1981, sister wolf, ann arensberg
winner 1981, stories of john cheever, john cheever winner 1981, plains song, wright morris winner 1982, dale loves sophie to death, robb forman dew winner 1982, so long, see you tomorrow, william maxwell winner 1982, rabbit is rich, john updike winner 1983, women of brewster place, gloria naylor
winner 1983, color purple, alice walker winner 1983, collected stories, eudora welty winner 1984, stones for ibarra, harriet doerr winner 1984, victory over japan, ellen gilchrist winner 1985, white noise, don delillo winner 1985, easy in the islands, bob shacochis
winner 1986, el doctorow, worlds fair winner 1987, pacos story, larry heinemann winner 1988, paris trout, pete dexter winner 1989, john casey, spartina winner 1990, middle passage, charles johnson winner 1991, mating, norman rush
winner 1992, all the pretty horses, cormac mccarthy winner 1993, shipping news, e annie proulx winner 1994, frolic of his own, william gaddis winner 1995, sabbaths theater, philip roth winner 1996, ship fever, andrea barrett winner 1997, cold mountain, charles frazier
winner 1998, alice mcdermott, charming billy winner 1999, waiting, ha jin winner 2000, in america, susan sontag winner 2001, corrections, jonathan franzen winner 2002, three junes, julia glass winner 2003, great fires, shirley hazzard
winner 2004, news from paraguay, lily tuck winner 2005, william vollmann, europe central winner 2006, echo maker, richard powers winner 2007, tree of smoke, denis johnson winner 2008, shadow country, peter, matthiessen winner 2008, shadow country, peter, matthiessen
winner 2010, Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon 2011 Salvage the Bones, Jessmyn Ward The Round House, by Louise Erdrich James McBride's The Good Lord Bird Phil Klay's Redeployment