In a ceremony that NPR tells us was “packed as much with jabs at Amazon as with jazzy entrance music,” the National Book Foundation announced this year’s National Book Awards Wednesday night. The winners, each of whom received $10,000 and probably a big blue ribbon to show their parents, are in bold below.
FICTION Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See Phil Klay, Redeployment Marilynne Robinson, Lila Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
NONFICTION Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence
POETRY Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night Fanny Howe, Second Childhood Maureen N. McLane, This Blue Fred Moten, The Feel Trio Claudia Rankine, Citizen
YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE Eliot Schrefer, Threatened Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50 John Corey Whaley, Noggin Deborah Wiles, Revolution Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming