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National Book Awards

Dec 10, 2013 — Also: Joan Didion on Martha Stewart; Alice Munro's Nobel interview; the difficulties of judging the National Book Awards.
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Nov 21, 2013 — Also: a debate on the value of literary prizes; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton on prize-related nightmares; and Doris Lessing's reaction to winning the Nobel.
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Nov 21, 2013 — A visibly shocked James McBride picked up the fiction prize for his novel The Good Lord Bird about a young slave who joins up with abolitionist John Brown. The nonfiction award was won by George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.
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Sep 17, 2013 — Also: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to publish a memoir; changes at the National Book Awards; a new short story by Tessa Hadley.
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Sep 13, 2013 — Also: J.K. Rowling will write a screenplay set in the magical world; Tina Brown is coming out with a memoir.
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Nov 14, 2012 — Erdrich's novel is laced with emotional nuance, and demonstrates in painful detail the legal and cultural obstacles to prosecuting rapists on a North Dakota reservation. Katherine Boo's acclaimed Behind the Beautiful Forevers - about life in a slum in Mumbai, India — won the nonfiction award.
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Oct 12, 2011 — This year's honorees include debut novelist Tea Obreht and poet Adrienne Rich. The winners will be announced next month.
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