National Book Awards

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Snags National Book Award

He dedicated award to friend killed by police officer

(Newser) - Ta-Nehisi Coates can now add a National Book Award to his growing list of accomplishments: The journalist, who was recently given a MacArthur genius grant , has won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Between the World and Me , his look at race and policing in America, written as a... More »

National Book Award Goes to Louise Erdrich

Manhattan ceremony goes glam

(Newser) - Louise Erdrich's novel Round House won the National Book Award last night, beating out big-name contenders like Junot Diaz and Dave Eggers. Erdrich's book tells the story of a teenage boy's confrontation with violence on a North Dakota reservation, the New York Times reports. "This is... More »

National Book Awards Tip Hat to 99%

Jesmyn Ward wins fiction prize for 'Salvage the Bones'

(Newser) - Literature's elite gathered last night at a posh Wall Street venue to honor their own at the National Book Awards, but the glitzy ceremony turned out to be a tribute to the 99%, with gritty tales of immigration, tempest, and recession taking the top honors. "I thought I... More »

Patti Smith Snags National Book Award

Memoir about relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe wins nonfiction prize

(Newser) - Patti Smith was the darling of last night's National Book Award ceremony, where she won the nonfiction prize for her memoir about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids. "I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,"... More »

Colum McCann Wins National Book Award

Dave Eggers, Gore Vidal also honored at New York ceremony

(Newser) - Irish-born author Colum McCann won the National Book Award for his novel Let the Great World Spin, a fictional take on the effects of Philippe Petit’s 1970s tightrope walk between the Twin Towers on multiple New Yorkers. The non-fiction prize at last night’s ceremony went to TJ Stiles... More »

Jefferson- Hemings History Wins National Book Award

Tome details founding father's slave family

(Newser) - The heart-wrenching and controversial history of Thomas Jefferson's secret family with slave Sally Hemings took the top prize for nonfiction at the National Book Awards last night, USA Today reports. Annette Gordon-Reed became the first African-American woman to win the prize for her detailed exploration of the lives of three... More »

National Book Awards Go to Spook Stories

History of CIA and Vietnam novel win

(Newser) - Spy stories took National Book Awards last night, as a history of the CIA by New York Times reporter Tim Weiner took non-fiction honors and Denis Johnson's Tree of Smoke, a sprawling thriller about a CIA agent in Vietnam, led the the winners. Joan Didion accepted a medal for distinguished... More »

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