National Book Award winners announced

This year’s National Book Award winners are:

Young People’s Literature:

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Inside Out & Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Poetry:

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Head Off & Split

by Nikky Finney

(TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)

Nonfiction:

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

(W. W. Norton & Company)

Fiction:

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Salvage the Bones

by Jesmyn Ward

(Bloomsbury USA)

In addition, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was awarded to John Ashbery and the

Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community was awarded to Mitchell Kaplan.

Here’s Nikky Finney reading “Left” from her poetry collection Head Off & Split

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