The winners of the 2014 National Book Award were Phil Klay's "Redeployment" in the fiction category and "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" by Evan Osnos in the nonfiction category. In the poetry category, Louise Gluck won for her book "Faithful and Virtuous Night," while Jacqueline Woodson's "Brown Girl Dreaming" won in the young people's literature category.
The 2014 National Book Award nominees in the fiction category also included Marilynne Robinson's "Lila" and Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven. Roz Chast's memoir "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" and Edward O. Wilson's "The Meaning of Human Existence" were two of the five nominees in nonfiction. Claudia Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric" and Maureen N. McLane's "This Blue" were also nominated in poetry, while John Corey Whaley's "Noggin" and Eliot Schrefer's "Threatened" were finalists for the young people's literature category.
In addition to awards in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature, the National Book Awards also awarded its Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters to Ursula K. LeGuin, a prolific science fiction and fantasy author whose novels include "A Wizard of Earthsea" and "The Lathe of Heaven." The National Book Foundation also awarded Kyle Zimmer the 2014 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.