By Ashly Moore Sheldon • December 22, 2022
As the year draws to a close, we decided it was a good time to pull together a roundup of some of the recipients of literature's most distinguished awards and honors. Read on to get acquainted with 2022's celebrated books.
The National Book Foundation, established in 1936, aims to celebrate the best literature published in the United States, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in our culture.
This debut by Tess Gunty centers on the lives of residents in a low-cost housing complex over the course of one week in a post-industrial Indiana town.
Princeton professor and Alabama native Imani Perry offers a fascinating journey through the history, rituals, and landscapes of the American South
This treasury by John Keene weaves together historic narratives of loss, lust, and love, expressing extraordinary range, vision, depth, and humanity.
In this heart-wrenching novel from Sabaa Tahir, two Pakistani-American teenagers deal with family upheaval and social estrangement in a small California town.
Beginning in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded across 22 categories in journalism and the arts each year. Here are a few of the exciting books that received awards this year.
Joshua Cohen's tightly wound historical novel explores the Jewish-American experience, presenting volatile ideas and disputes along the way.
In this gripping account, Nicole Eustace describes how the murder of a Native American man led to the oldest continuously recognized treaty in the U.S.
Spanning five centuries on the controversial island, Ada Ferrer's compelling history transforms how we think about interactions between the U.S. and Cuba.
Andrea Elliott presents a portrait of resilience amid institutional failure in an affecting account of a girl coming of age during New York City's homeless crisis.
Named for Edgar Allan Poe, these awards honor the best in mystery and crime literature, television, film, and theater. Here are the 2022 winners in some of our favorite categories.
December 1941, Honolulu: As America teeters on the edge of war, detective Joe McGrady receives the assignment of his life in this thriller by James Kestrel.
In this novel by Erin Flanagan, a small farming community grapples with troubling questions about family, loyalty, and love when a local girl goes missing.
This gripping narrative by Elon Green tells the story of the decades-long chase to find an elusive '80s and '90s serial killer and the vibrant community he targeted.
Katrina's family is part of the Witness Protection Program. A search to find her missing parents uncovers dangerous secrets. This middle-grade thriller comes from Christina Diaz Gonzalez.
Angeline Boulley's novel tells the story of 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine. After she witnesses a shocking murder, she embarks on a mission to root out corruption in her community.
Established in 1969, this distinguished award is given to one English-language novel per year.
Shehan Karunatilaka's second novel is a searing, mordantly funny satire set amid the murderous mayhem of a Sri Lanka beset by civil war.
First presented in 1953, The Hugo Awards stand as science fiction's most prestigious award. Here is a selection of this year's winners:
Centuries ago, robots gained self-awareness and abandoned their makers. But now one has returned. Becky Chambers's solarpunk series offers hope for the future.
Seanan McGuire's fantasy series takes place at a boarding school for children who have journeyed to magical lands before being forcibly returned to the "real" world.
The first murder in 500 years. Twenty billion suspects. One hope. Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin joins artist Jamal Campbell in this thrilling sci-fi mystery.
The Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards are some of the most coveted prizes for original and creative content published for young readers. Here are this year's winners.
Donna Barba Higuera's middle grade science fiction novel is a brilliant space epic about a girl who must journey through space after earth is destroyed by a comet.
Awards like these help to highlight excellent reads that may otherwise not get the attention they deserve. We hope you have a chance to check out some of the exciting titles from 2022.