The National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner was held on November 16, 2011 in New York City. In the fiction category, the winner was Jesmyn Ward for her novel, Salvage the Bones. The finalists were:
- Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn
- Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
- Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
- Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision
Winners in other categories, photos, and more details can be found at http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2011.html.