The National Book Award winners were announced last night at the annual ceremony held in New York city.
Fiction: Europe Central by William T. Vollman, whose series of connected war stories was somewhat of a surprise winner over E.L. Doctorow’s The March and Mary Gaitskill’s Veronica.
Nonfiction: Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, her bestselling memoir of the year that her husband died and her daughter fell seriously ill.
Young People’s Literature: The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall.
Poetry Prize: M.S. Merwin, who is also a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Two lifetime achievement awards went to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and co-founder of the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco; and author Norman Mailer.
Europe Central is backordered for the Browsing collection at Bailey Library and we hope to receive it soon; The March, Veronica, and The Year of Magical Thinking are all available in the Browsing collection.