Sunday, November 24, 2013

2013 National Book Awards

The 2013 National Book Awards (United States) were presented by the National Book Foundation at the 64th annual ceremony and benefit dinner in New York, New York last Wednesday evening, November 20th.

Toni Morrison presented the Literarian Award to Dr. Maya Angelou for outstanding service to the American literary community. This is the ninth year the Foundation has presented the Literarian Award, which was established in 2005 to recognize an individual whose work has enhanced the literary world during a lifetime of service.

E.L. Doctorow was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (DCAL). The DCAL was created in 1988 to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement.

For the first time, the National Book Foundation made available The Contenders: Excerpts from the 2013 National Book Award Finalists, a free National Book Award eBook series available for download in a variety of formats. Pretty handy. This way you can sample each of the finalists to help you decide which books you might want to check out of your local library or purchase.

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Drum roll please! And the 2013 National Book Award winners are...

Fiction: James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)

Nonfiction: George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

 Poetry: Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems (Graywolf Press)

 Young People's Literature: Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

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