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2012 National Book Awards

Posted by calibrary on November 21, 2012

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Last week, Louise Erdrich and first-time author Katherine Boo were given National Book Awards in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively. William Alexander and David Ferry were awarded the young people’s literature and poetry prizes.

The National Book Foundation established the awards in 1950 to “celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.”

Fiction

WINNER — The Round House by Louise Erdrich

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Nonfiction

WINNER — Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (available at CA Library)

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Young People’s Literature

WINNER — Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

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Poetry

WINNER — Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry

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