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National Book Awards

national book awardThe National Book Foundation announced its National Book Award winners on Wednesday, November 18.

Adam Johnson was named the winner in the fiction category for his book of short stories, Fortune Smiles, in which Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal.

The winner in the nonfiction category was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, providing readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here”

Taking the poetry prize was Robin Coste Lewis, with her debut Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems, a meditation on the black female figure throughout time. This book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race, a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts..

Finally, the award for the Young People’s Literature category went to Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman’s captivating, deeply powerful and personal novel about mental illness.