2012 National Book Awards

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.”


WINNER — The Round House by Louise Erdrich



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


Young People’s Literature

WINNER — Goblin Secrets by William Alexander



WINNER — Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry



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