The 2009 National Book Award winners have been announced. I would have gone to the black-tie ceremony and dinner in New York, but discovered my black tie was in the cleaners. Dang it. Anyway, I’m still here to let you know who won.
Young People’s Literature:
Phillip Hoose for Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Keith Waldrop for Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)
T. J. Stiles for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)
Colum McCann for Let the Great World Spin (Random House)
Distinguished Contribution to American Literature:
The Literarian Award:
The Best of the National Book Awards Fiction:
The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
All good friends of mine. Each and every one.
Biggest Liar Award:
Helen Ginger for her audacity to try to trick you into believing she knows any of these wonderful writers. She does know lots of fabulous writers, but not any of these. At the moment. She is, however, stalking one of them.
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