Saturday, November 24, 2012

National Book Awards 2012

It's the end of the year. The days have grown shorter, the shopping lines have grown longer, and the time has come to reflect on the literary contributions that have been made in the past year. Last week, the 62nd National Book Awards were announced, marking the best contributions to American literature in the past year and raising awareness and appreciation of great writing.  Each of the winners is available to check out. Let us know what you think of these great American books!

Fiction Winner - The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- In the spring of 1988, 13-year-old Joe's mother was brutally attacked, irrevocably transforming Joe's life. Despite his attempts to heal his mother, she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Frustrated with the official investigation and his own father's inability to resolve the situation, Joe and his friends attempt to find answers, beginning at the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe.

Non-Fiction Winner - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
- A poignant examination at the personal level of the schism between the upscale resorts and the slums of India. Boo combined three years of investigative journalism and personal interviews to provide insights that have been widely applauded as the most honest portrayal of India as a culture in transition.

Poetry Winner - Bewilderment : New Poems and Translations by David Ferry
- Praised for his passion and the scope of his poems, Ferry has published a collection of original poetry, translations of classics, and poems responding to poems.

Young People's Literature Winner - Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
- Rownie is the youngest of the stray children living with a witch named Graba. Desperate to find his older brother, an actor who has disappeared after the prohibition of acting, Rownie joins a troupe of traveling goblin actors who are also eager to find his brother in the hope that he might be able to save their town. 

For more information on the National Book Award, including a complete list of nominees in 2012 and previous years' winners, check out http://nationalbook.org/

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