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NBA Winners

NBA Winners

National Book Award Winner

The 2010 National Book Award winners were announced at a ceremony at the Cipriani banquet hall in New York last night. The winners are:

FICTION

Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.) by Jaimy Gordon
A novel of luck, pluck, farce and above all horse racing not at tony and elegant sites like Churchill Downs and Ascot but rather at a rinky-dink racetrack in Indian Mound Downs, W.Va.

Exceptional writing and idiosyncratic characters make this an engaging read.”
&#8212Kirkus Reviews

NON-FICTION

Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) by Patti Smith

This beautifully crafted love letter to her friend (who died in 1989) functions as a memento mori of a relationship fueled by a passion for art and writing. Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York as she shares tales of the denizens of Max’s Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner’s, Brentano’s, and Strand bookstores. In the lobby of the Chelsea, where she and Mapplethorpe lived for many years, she got to know William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Johnny Winter. Most affecting in this tender and tough memoir, however, is her deep love for Mapplethorpe and her abiding belief in his genius. Smith’s elegant eulogy helps to explain the chaos and the creativity so embedded in that earlier time and in Mapplethorpe’s life and work.
&#8212Publishers Weekly (Jan.)

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POETRY

Lighthead (Penguin Books) by Terrance Hayes

The deservedly acclaimed Hayes returns in his fourth book with the kinds of sly, twisting, hip, jazzy poems his fans have come to expect, but also with a new somberness of tone and mature caution.
&#8212Publishers Weekly (Apr.)

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YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

Mockingbird (Penguin Books) by Kathryn Erskine

Much more than a story about a determined girl dealing with a disability, Erskine’s moving and insightful masterpiece delivers a compelling message for all–that striving to understand others is a beginning point for addressing the incivility and hostility present in today’s world.
&#8212Publishers Weekly (Nov.)

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Congratulations to the winners.

David Isaacson
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