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National Book Award Winners

posted by: November 20, 2014 - 12:40pm

Cover art for Redeployment by Phil ClayCover art for Age of AmbitionCover art for Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonCover art for Faithful and Virtuous NightLemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) hosted the the 65th annual National Book Awards last night in New York City. Redeployment by Phil Klay was the surprise winner of the Fiction Award and the Nonfiction Award went to Evan Osnos for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China. Jacqueline Woodson won the Young People’s Literature Award for Brown Girl Dreaming and Louise Gluck was the recipient of the Poetry Award for Faithful and Virtuous Night.

 

Klay’s debut collection of short stories is centered on the war in Iraq, while Osnos used his experience as a Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker in writing his award-winning tome. Woodson’s memoir in verse of her childhood proved that the third time is indeed the charm, “I'm so grateful to be here. It's my third time a finalist, my first time a winner."

 

British author Neil Gaiman presented Ursula K. Le Guin with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters for work spanning half a century. LeGuin, a fantasy and science fiction writer, brought the house down with her impassioned acceptance speech which included a defense of science fiction and a screed against Amazon.

 

The National Book Awards, sponsored by the National Book Foundation, are one of the most prestigious literary awards in the United States and are chosen by a panel of judges, many of whom are writers.


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