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National Book Awards - 2011

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Images from the 2011 National Book Awards Ceremony & Dinner

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Images from the 2011 National Book Award Finalists Reading

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FICTION

2011 National Book Award Fiction Finalists The Sojourn The Tiger's Wife The Buddha in the Attic Binocular Vision Salvage the Bones

WINNER:

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)
> Interview
> Watch speech and Finalists Reading
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

FINALISTS:

Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading >
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife (Random House)
- Video from Finalists Reading >
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading >
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision
(Lookout Books, an imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading >
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Fiction Judges:

Deirdre McNamer (Panel Chair), Jerome Charyn, John Crowley, Victor LaValle, Yiyun Li

NONFICTION

2011 National Book Awards Nonfiction Finalists Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

WINNER:

Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton & Company)
> Interview
> Video of acceptance speech and from Finalists Reading

FINALISTS:

Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism (Graywolf Press)
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- Video from Finalists Reading >

Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution (Little, Brown and Company)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading >

Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading >

Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
(It Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading >

Nonfiction Judges:

Alice Kaplan (Panel Chair), Yunte Huang, Jill Lepore, Barbara Savage

POETRY

2011 National Book Award Poetry Finalists Head Off & Split The Chameleon Couch Double Shadow Tonight No Poetry Will Serve Devotions

WINNER:

Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)
> Interview
> Video of acceptance speech and from Finalists Reading
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Finney

FINALISTS:

Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Video from Finalists Reading >

Carl Phillips, Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading coming soon.

Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 (W.W. Norton & Company)
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- Video from Finalists Reading >

Bruce Smith, Devotions (University of Chicago Press)
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- Video from Finalists Reading >

Poetry Judges:

Elizabeth Alexander (Panel Chair), Thomas Sayers Ellis, Amy Gerstler, Kathleen Graber, Roberto Tejada

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

2011 National Book Award Young People's Literature Finalists

WINNER:

Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
> Interview
> Video of acceptance speech and from Finalists Reading

FINALISTS:

Franny Billingsley, Chime (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. )
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- Video from Finalists Reading >

Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish)
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- Video from Finalists Reading >

Albert Marrin, Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
- Interview >
- Video from Finalists Reading >

Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
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- Video from Finalists Reading >

Young People’s Literature Judges:

Marc Aronson (Panel Chair), Ann Brashares, Matt de la Peña, Nikki Grimes, Will Weaver

 

62nd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner

John LithgowCipriani, Wall Street, in New York City
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature will be announced at the 62nd National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 16. Actor, writer, and musician John Lithgow will host the event. Poet John Ashbery will receive the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, to be presented by poet Ann Lauterbach. Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International, will receive the Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Contribution to the American Literary Community, to be presented by writer Walter Mosley.

John Lithgow - Host

John Lithgow is a star of stage, television and movies. He is also a composer and performer of children's songs, and has written six books for children, including I’m a Manatee, I Have Two Dogs, and Marsupial Sue. His most recent book is a memoir titled, Drama: An Actor's Education.

Photo credit: Nigel Parry