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National Book Award Winners 2013

The winners for the

National Book Award

were just announced.

What Is the National Book Award?


Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

Who Are the Judges?


Each year, the Foundation selects a total of twenty Judges, including five in each of the four Award categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. Judges are published writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or field, and in some cases, are past NBA Finalists or Winners.

How Are the Finalists Chosen?


Each panel reads all of the books submitted in their category over the course of the summer. This number typically ranges from 150 titles (Poetry) to upwards of 500 titles (Nonfiction). In September, each panel compiles a “shortlist” of five Finalists. They may arrive at these choices using whatever criteria they deem appropriate, as long as they do not conflict with the official Award guidelines.

How Are the Winners Chosen?


No one, not even the Foundation staff, learns who the Winners are until the day of the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner, which takes place in mid-November in New York City. That afternoon, over lunch, each panel collectively decides who the Winner in their category will be. Often, this decision has been made ahead of time, but occasionally the panel works to come to a consensus until the very last minute.

Below, you'll see the list of winners followed by the list of finalists.  All stellar choices.

 

Thing about Luck Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416918820
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2013

**WINNER Young People's Literature**

It seems that if Summer's Japanese American family didn't have bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. Certainly good luck (kouun) is elusive. Consider that Summer has had malaria; her little brother, Jaz, is friendless; her parents have to fly to Japan to take care of elderly relatives; and her grandmother (Obaachan) and grandfather (Jii-chan) must pay the mortgage by coming out of retirement to work for a custom harvesting company. When the siblings accompany their grandparents on the harvest, Summer helps her grandmother, a cook, while Jaz is Jaz: intense, focused, and bad-tempered. At first, things go reasonably well, but then Jii-chan becomes sick, and it appears that it might be up to Summer to save the day. Will she succeed? Kadohata has written a gentle family story that is unusual in its focus on the mechanics of wheat harvesting. Readers may skim the more arcane aspects of the labor-intensive work, focusing instead on the emotionally rich and often humorous dynamics of Summer's relationship with her old-fashioned but endearing grandparents and her troubled younger brother. Another engaging novel from the Newbery Medal-winning Kadohata.


Incarnadine Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555976354
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2013

**WINNER Poetry**

In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle. Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open herself to God. One poem appears on the page as spokes radiating from a wheel, or as a sunburst, or as the cycle around which all times and all tenses are alive in this moment. Szybist’s formal innovations are matched by her musical lines, by her poetry’s insistence on singing as a lure toward the unknowable. Inside these poems is a deep yearning—for love, motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak. Beautiful and inventive, Incarnadine is the new collection by one of America’s most ambitious poets.


The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374102418
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 21st, 2013

**WINNER Nonfiction**

 

American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.

The Unwinding journeys through the lives of several Americans, including Dean Price, the son of tobacco farmers, who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire who questions the Internet’s significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents.

The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation. Packer’s novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date. 


The Good Lord Bird Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594486340
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 20th, 2013

**WINNER Fiction**

From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.


The Flamethrowers Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439142011
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

The Lowland Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307265746
Availability: Special Order, May be Out of Print
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 24th, 2013

Bleeding Edge Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594204234
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Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

Tenth of December: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812984255
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade - January 7th, 2014

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307958341
Availability: Special Order, May be Out of Print
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 1st, 2013

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780547863382
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 8th, 2013

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 Cover Image
$36.75
ISBN: 9780393073713
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307700667
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 17th, 2013

Metaphysical Dog Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780374173616
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 30th, 2013

Stay, Illusion: Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307962027
Availability: Special Order, May be Out of Print
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 15th, 2013

The Big Smoke Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143123729
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Published: Penguin Books - May 28th, 2013

Black Aperture Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780807150863
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Published: Louisiana State University Press - May 1st, 2013

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442421059
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2013

Far Far Away Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375849725
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2013

Picture Me Gone Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257650
Availability: Special Order, May be Out of Print
Published: Putnam Publishing Group - October 3rd, 2013

Boxers Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596433595
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

Saints Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator), Lark Pien (Inked or Colored by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596436893
Availability: Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

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