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Congratulations to the National Book Award Winners and Finalists!

Nov 19, 2015 News

The 2015 National Book Award winners were announced last evening. Today we celebrate the winners and the finalists, all of whom wrote groundbreaking, touching, beautiful books.

Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles, a collection of stories, won the prize for Fiction.

National Book Foundation: In the process of writing your book, what did you discover, what, if anything, surprised you?

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Johnson: Because I research a lot, the surprising joy of discovery is always central to my writing. I love to fashion entire worlds in my stories—these I try to adorn with details gleaned from the real world and the emotions of life lived. In researching the title story, for example, I was both troubled and inspired to hear North Korean defectors describe the regime-sponsored crimes they had to participate in. It wasn’t until I’d delivered hundreds of UPS packages in the Louisiana heat that I knew where my character in “Hurricanes Anonymous” would sleep that night. And it’s not until you descend to the lower levels of a Stasi prison that you begin to understand what must exist at the heart of a story like “George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine.”

Start reading an excerpt here.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, won the prize for Nonfiction.

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National Book Foundation: In the process of writing your book, what did you discover, what, if anything, surprised you?

Coates: I discovered how hard it was to make the abstract into the something visceral. My goal was to take numbers and stats and make people feel them with actual stories. It was to take scholarship and make it literature.

Start reading an excerpt of the book here.
See Coates read in a video here.

Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, won the prize for Poetry. 

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“Robin Coste Lewis’s electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. The central panel is the title poem, “Voyage of the Sable Venus,” a riveting narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present—titles that feature or in some way comment on the black female figure in Western art. Bracketed by Lewis’s autobiographical poems, “Voyage” is a tender and shocking study of the fragmentary mysteries of stereotype, as it juxtaposes our names for things with what we actually see and know” – National Book Foundation 

Be sure to check out the winning books below, and discover your next award-winning read!

 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE... Read more >

Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis

Voyage of the Sable Venus

By Robin Coste Lewis

Now in paperback, this National Book Award-winning debut poetry collection is a meditation on the black female figure through time.

Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems meditating on the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. In the... Read more >

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