Friday, November 16, 2012

National Book Awards

2012 may be coming to a close, but the literary awards for the 2012 publishing year are just beginning. Winners of the National Book Award, which was established in 1950, were announced on November 14. Check out the winners in the fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature categories:


The Round House (Louise Erdrich)
This coming-of-age story, set in 1988 on a North Dakota reservation, features a fourteen year old boy dealing with his mother’s deep depression after being attacked. Erdrich, a well-known and respected author of both adult and children’s novels centered around Native American life, has received numerous starred reviews for her latest novel.


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Katherine Boo)
The vast differences between the haves and haves nots of Mumbai is examined through the lives of residents living in a slum located near the Mumbai airport. Author Katherine Boo, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, has spent the last decade living in both the United States and India.

Young People’s Literature

Goblin Secrets (William Alexander)
Fans of stories about witches, goblins, and otherworldy creatures will be interested in this story about a young boy, in search of his lost brother, who escapes an orphanage run by a witch. Along the way, he joins a theater troupe of goblins, even though acting and wearing masks are forbidden in the city of Zombay.

For more information on the National Book Awards, including the 2012 finalists and past winners, check out the official website of the National Book Foundation.

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