2022 Book Awards Wrap-up

As we reach the end of the year, several book awards are announced. But literary prizes are given all year and by November-December, it can be hard to remember who the winners were. So I decided a wrap-up would be helpful, for myself and others.

National Book Critics Circle Awards (March 2022)

  • Fiction: The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois — Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • Nonfiction: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America — Clint Smith
  • John Leonard Prize for First Fiction: Afterparties: Stories — Anthony Veasna So

Pulitzer Prize (May 2022)

  • Fiction: The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family — Joshua Cohen
  • Nonfiction: Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City — Andrea Elliott

Women’s Prize for Fiction (June 2022)

The Book of Form and Emptiness – Ruth Ozeki

Booker Prize (September 2022)

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida – Shehan Karunatilaka

Kirkus Prize (October 2022)

Fiction: Trust – Hernan Diaz

Nonfiction: In Sensorium: Notes for My People – Tanaïs

National Book Awards (November 2022)

  • Fiction: The Rabbit Hutch – Tess Gunty
  • Nonfiction: South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation — Imani Perry

Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada (November 2022)

The Sleeping Car Porter – Suzette Mayr

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Finalists (Winner announced on Jan. 29, 2023)

Greenland — David Santos Donaldson

Night of the Living Rez — Morgan Talty

The Swimmers — Julie Otsuka

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Finalists (Winner announced on Jan. 29, 2023)

Constructing a Nervous System — Margo Jefferson

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden World around Us — Ed Yong

Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage — Rachel E. Gross

Washington Post’s Best Books of the Year  

  • Fiction:
  • Afterlives – Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • Demon Copperhead – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Trust – Hernan Diaz
  • Mecca – Susan Straight
  • Young Mungo – Douglas Stuart

Washington Post’s Best Audiobooks of the Year (by Katherine Powers)

  • Fiction:
  • The Return of Faraz Ali – Aamina Ahmad
  • Shrines of Gaiety – Kate Atkinson
  • The Family Chao – Lan Samantha Chang
  • Olga Dies Dreaming – Xochitl Gonzalez
  • Afterlives – Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • Acts of Oblivion – Robert Harris
  • The Bullet That Missed – Richard Osman

Amazon’s 20 Best Books of the Year

  • Literature and Fiction:
  • The Winners – Fredrik Backman
  • All the Broken Places – John Boyne
  • Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
  • Reminders of Him – Colleen Hoover
  • NSFW – Isabel Kaplan
  • Fairy Tale – Stephen King
  • Demon Copperhead – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Nightcrawling – Leila Mottley
  • We All Want Impossible Things – Catherine Newman
  • Our Missing Hearts – Celeste Ng
  • Mad Honey – Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • We Are the Light – Matthew Quick
  • Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Signal Fires – Dani Shapiro
  • Memphis – Tara M. Stringfellow
  • Young Mungo – Douglas Stuart
  • Take My Hand – Dolin Perkins-Valdez
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures – Shelby Van Pelt
  • The Two Lives of Sara – Catherine Adel West
  • City on Fire – Don Winslow
  • Now is Not the Time to Panic – Kevin Wilson
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin

Book of the Month Club book of the year award (membership vote)

  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin

Dawnie Walton’s Year of Awards for The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (2021)

Aspen Words Literary Prize (April)

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award (July)

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award (October)


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