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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2014 National Book Award Winners

This year's National Book Award winners have been announced! The National Book Award is given for excellence in American Literature in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.
Here are this year's winners:

 The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Winner in Fiction - Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
The Unwinding by George Packer
Winner in Nonfiction - A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation. Packer journeys through the lives of several Americans including a son of a tobacco farmer, a factory worker in the Rust Belt, a Washington insider, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and others.
Incarnadine by Mary Szybist
Winner in Poetry - In "Incarnadine," Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle. Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open herself to God. One poem appears on the page as spokes radiating from a wheel, or as a sunburst, or as the cycle around which all times and all tenses are alive in this moment. Szybist's formal innovations are matched by her musical lines, by her poetry's insistence on singing as a lure toward the unknowable. Inside these poems is a deep yearning--for love, motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak. Beautiful and inventive, "Incarnadine" is the new collection by one of America's most ambitious poets.
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata and Julia Kuo
Winner in Young People's Literature - Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

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