National Book Award for Non-Fiction

awarded since 1950

 

2018 selection

The New Negro

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2019, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2018

by Jeffrey C. Stewart Oxford University Press (December 29, 2017)

A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call...


2010 selection

Just Kids

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2010

by Patti Smith HarperCollins e-books (April 20, 2010)

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of...


1984 selection

The Life of Andrew Jackson

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1984

by Robert V. Remini Harper Perennial (September 13, 2011)

Robert V. Remini's prize-winning, three-volume biography Life of Andrew Jackson won the National Book Award on its completion in 1984 and is recognized as one of the greatest lives of a U.S. President. In this...