The National Book Awards ceremony may have looked a little different this year, but what has stayed exactly the same is how much we love celebrating our books and their authors. Penguin Random House Audio is overjoyed to publish two of the evening’s big winners, Interior Chinatown and Tokyo Ueno Station. Make sure the standout audio productions of both winners are at the top of your listening queue.
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.
â€śJoel de la Fuente gives a spectacular performance filled with drama, theatrics, and razzle-dazzle that beautifully showcases Charles Yuâ€™s satire of Asians in America, told in a funky screenplay format.â€ťâ€”AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
Winner of the National Book Award for Translated Literature
A powerful masterwork from one of Japanâ€™s most brilliant outsider writers, Tokyo Ueno Station is a book for our times and a look into a marginalized existence in a shiny global megapolis.
“Her [Yu Miri] anglophoned latest (gratitude to translator [Morgan] Giles for providing fluent accessibility) is a surreal fable of splintered families, disintegrating relationships, and the casual devaluation of humanity.” â€”Booklist (Starred Review)
â€śHellerâ€™s powerful performance adds to the emotional and lyrical qualities of this poignant story.â€ť â€”AudioFile