Friday, November 16, 2012

The Best of American Literature 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope
in a Mumbai Undercity
, for which author Katherine Boo
won the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
On Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 the best of American literature was recognized in New York City.

The winners of the National Book Awards, awarded in recognition of literary achievement in four genres--fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature--are selected by a five-member, independent judging panel for each genre.  National Book Foundation

The 2012 National Book Award Winners and Finalists

FICTION

Winner: Louise Erdrich for The Round House
Finalists: Junot Diaz for This is How You Lose Her; Dave Eggers for A Hologram for the King; Ben Fountain for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk; and Kevin Powers for The Yellow Birds.

NONFICTION
Winner: Katherine Boo for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Finalists:  Anne Applebaum for Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956; Robert A. Caro for The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4; Domingo Martinez for The Boy Kings of Texas; and Anthony Shadid for House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.

POETRY
Winner: David Ferry for Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
Finalists: Cynthia Huntington for Heavenly Bodies; Tim Seibles for Fast Animal; Alan Shapiro for Night of the Republic; and Susan Wheeler for Meme.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
Winner: William Alexander for Goblin Secrets
Finalists: Carrie Arcos for Out of Reach; Patricia McCormick for Never Fall Down; Eliot Schrefer for Endangered; and Steve Sheinkin for Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

The National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation (NBF), were established on March 15, 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the first annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their goals were to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans; and to increase the popularity of reading in general.  Since then the National Book Awards have become the nation's preeminent literary prizes--and the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner the most important event on the NBF literary calendar.  The winners receive a $10,000 cash award and a crystal sculpture.  National Book Foundation

~Sandy Cochran

1 comment:

Esther said...

Thanks for posting! I've been listening to Domingo Martinez a lot on This American Life, and I can't wait to read The Boy Kings of Texas.

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