The 2021 Nick Vu Awards (Q1 Nominations)

Picks were first read/viewed in Q1 of 2021, not necessarily published then. Nominations will be collected every quarter, with winners announced shortly after year’s end. Check out The 2020 Nick Vu Awards winners.


Historical Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed
Spirituality: The Recognition Sutras
Technology/Tech Justice: Weapons of Math Instruction
Culture/History: Ghosts of Seattle Past
Thriller: The Goldfinch
Psychology: Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts
Science/Philosophy: The Master and His Emissary
Mystery: The Guest List
Science Fiction/Space Opera: Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)
Young Adult: Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)


Memoir: Stitches
Horror/Fantasy: The Doll’s House (The Sandman, #2)
Fantasy: Nimona
Queer: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Science Fiction: Paper Girls
Thriller: Death Note: Boredom (Death Note, #1)
Romance: Beastars, Vol. 1 (Beastars, #1)


Costume Drama: Poldark (Season 1)
Horror: Stranger Things (Season 3)
Sketch Comedy: Chappelle’s Show (Season 1)
Comedy Special: Dave Chappelle – The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Fantasy: Game of Thrones (Season 1)


Gospel track: Tobe Nwigwe – Wake Up Everybody
R&B track: FKA Twigs feat. Headie One, Fred again.. – Don’t Judge Me
Rap track: Tobe Nwigwe ft. Black Thought, Royce da 5’9″ – Father Figure
Rap album: XXXTentacion – Bad Vibes Forever


Use linear, goal oriented thinking and actions only as tools in the service of enhancing the grand, spontaneous, experiential state of being. -paraphrasing The Master and His Emissary by Iain Mcgilchrist


Have realistic expectations, of yourself and others.