2011 National Book Award Winners Announced

November 16, 2011 | 4 books mentioned 1

The National Book Award winners for 2011 have been announced. The big prize for fiction went to Jesmyn Ward for Salvage the Bones, a novel one critic called “Katrina-drenched” and another “gritty, loamy and alive.” (excerpt)

The non-fiction award went to The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt (excerpt). The Poetry award was won by Nikky Finney for Head Off & Split. The winner in the Young People’s Literature category was Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (excerpt).

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Bonus Link: The 2011 nominees

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One comment:

  1. Jesmyn Ward is a remarkable writer who is truly worthy of this recognition, which I hope will bring her work the many, many new readers it deserves. My company, Agate, published her first book, Where the Line Bleeds, in 2008. She is writing beautiful fiction about the kinds of people and places everyone in America should know more about, if they really want to know more about America. It’s very potent stuff.

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