Friday, November 18, 2016

National Book Awards, presented last night in NYC

National Book Award Winners

Fiction winner Colson Whitehead: "Be kind. Make art. Fight the power."
The winners of the National Book Awards, presented last night at a gala dinner in New York City, are:

Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

Nonfiction: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)

Poetry: The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky (Brooklyn Arts Press)

Young People's Literature: March, Book 3 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)

At the ceremony, there were many references to last week's election, mixing humor with deep concern, which started when host Larry Wilmore welcomed everyone to the 2016 National Book Awards, adding, "Or as it's going to be called next year, the Trump National Luxurious Evening for Books, Bigly." To view the ceremony, and the many moving, thoughtful introductions and acceptance speeches, click here.
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