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National Book Award Winners

National Book Award Winners

The National Book Awards were announced last night at a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

The nominees are…
National Book Award - Fiction


  • Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press)
  • Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife (Random House)
  • Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books)
  • Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)

And the award goes to…Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)

National Book Award - Non-Fiction

  • Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
    (Graywolf Press)
  • Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
    (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking
  • Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books)

And the award goes to…Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton & Company)

National Book Award - Poetry

  • Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly)
  • Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Carl Phillips, Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
    (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Bruce Smith, Devotions (University of Chicago Press)

And the award goes to…Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)

National Book Award - Young People's Literature

  • Franny Billingsley, Chime (Dial Books)
  • Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish)
  • Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again (Harper)
  • Albert Marrin, Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now (Clarion Books)

And the award goes to…Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again (Harper)

Congratulations to all.

David Isaacson
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