Major Book Awards Season Begins

Written by Susan Mueller, Coordinator of Collection Services

Pulitzer Prize winning book covers
Fall brings with it many things: the changing colors of leaves, cooler temperatures, heavy knit scarves, pumpkin spiced lattes, and most notably, major literary awards in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult literature.

The start of the season is marked by the Man Booker Prize’s announcement of their short list for fiction finalists, along with the National Book Foundation long list of candidates for the poetry and young adult literature categories in the National Book Awards.

The Calvin T. Ryan Library collects many of the major book awards and adds them to the library’s collection. The following list of winners from last year (2014) is just a sample of the titles added to the collection and may be checked out. The 2015 titles are just now being selected and ordered.

Pulitzer Prize




Biography or Autobiography


General Nonfiction


Man Booker Prize

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Nobel Prize in Literature

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