Presenter of the National Book Awards

2013 National Book Awards

2013 National Book Award Winners

2013 National Book Award Winner Announced Tonight

 

Fiction

2013 National Book Award Fiction Finalists

WINNER:

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)
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Finalists:

Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
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Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
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Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group USA)
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George Saunders, Tenth of December (Random House)
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Longlist:

- Tom Drury, Pacific (Grove Press)
- Elizabeth Graver, The End of the Point (Harper/HarperCollinsPublishers)
- Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth/Random House)
- Alice McDermott, Someone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Joan Silber, Fools (W.W. Norton & Company)

JUDGES:

Charles Baxter, Gish Jen, Charles McGrath, Rick Simonson, René Steinke

Nonfiction

2013 National Book Award Nonfiction Finalists

WINNER:

George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
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Finalists:

Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
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Wendy Lower, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
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Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Company)
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Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
(Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
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longlist:

- T.D. Allman, Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State (Atlantic Monthly Press)
- Gretel Ehrlich, Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami (Pantheon Book/Random House)
- Scott C. Johnson, The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA (W.W. Norton & Company)
- James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
(W.W. Norton & Company)
- Terry Teachout, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (Gotham Books)

judges:

Jabari Asim, André Bernard, M.G. Lord, Lauren Redniss, Eric Sundquist


Poetry

Book covers for the 2013 NBA Poetry Finalists

WINNER:

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine (Graywolf Press)
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Finalists:

Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
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Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Alfred A. Knopf)
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Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA)
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Matt Rasmussen, Black Aperture (Louisiana State University Press)
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longlist:

- Roger Bonair-Agard, Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books)
- Andrei Codrescu, So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012 (Coffee House Press)
- Brenda Hillman, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan University Press)
- Diane Raptosh, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press)
- Martha Ronk, Transfer of Qualities (Omnidawn Publishing)

judges:

Nikky Finney, Ada Limón, D.A. Powell, Jahan Ramazani, Craig Morgan Teicher

 

Young People’s Literature

Book covers for the 2013 NBA YPL Finalists Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck Tom McNeal, Far Far Away Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints

WINNER:

Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
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> Video of acceptance speech

Finalists:

Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
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Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
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Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
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Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)
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longlist:

- Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)
- Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel, A division of Penguin Group USA)
- Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
- David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
- Anne Ursu, The Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/an Imprint HarperCollinsPublishers)

judges:

Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci, Peter Glassman, E. Lockhart, Lisa Von Drasek

Dr. Maya Angelou accepts the 2013 Literarian Award

 

> Watch Ms. Toni Morrison presents the Literarian Award to Dr. Maya Angelou

E. L. Doctorow, 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

 

> Watch Victor Navasky present E. L. Doctorow with the National Book Foundation's 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

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2013 National Book Award Finalists announced on Morning Joe

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