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National Book Awards

John Lewis Accepts National Book Award With Emotional Speech

The Huffington Post | Emily Tate | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics

In a powerful acceptance speech at the National Book Awards ceremony Wednesday night, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) recalled how far he ha...

16 Award-Nominated Books From 2016 Your Shelf Can't Be Without

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.15.2016 | Arts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: There’s the faintest hint of a snap in the air ― or the promise of one soon, at least ― coffee shops...

The Writer's Green-Eyed Monster

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.14.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

So what exactly is 'it?' It's the green-eyed monster and it is alive and well. As stated it hits all walks of life but it can be especially hard on creative people. People who hope to make their living on their dreams and creative bent can be hard-pressed to avoid 'it.'

7 Prize-Winning Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down | Joann Pan | Posted 12.10.2015 | OWN

So many awards, so many amazing choices. Here are our picks from this year's critically acclaimed honorees, including a few surprises. Fortune Smiles...

This Is What The Future Will Look Like, According To An Award-Winning Author

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.27.2015 | Arts

When a spur-of-the-moment mix-up forces Dongjoo -- a protagonist in one of Adam Johnson’s National Book Award-winning short stories -- to hurriedly ...

National Book Awards: The Best Reader Wins!

Joseph Olshan | Posted 11.21.2016 | Books
Joseph Olshan

The winners of the National Book Awards were selected this week following an evening in which all the nominees participated in a reading hosted by New School University. Even though I have no idea whether or not the judges attended the readings, I couldn't help noticing that the best readers ended up winning their categories.

The Last Pilot: British Writer's Startlingly Authentic America

Steven Petite | Posted 07.25.2016 | Books
Steven Petite

Benjamin Johncock has written one of the most American novels of the year. The Last Pilot is a historical work of fiction spanning across the defining two decades of the space race from 1947 to 1968.

Curiously Strong

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.14.2016 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

With my retirement on June 30 barely a heartbeat away, it is, as the hash-tag says, getting real. Each day has the tinge of poignancy, of last times...

Calling All Harry Potters, Bilbo Baggins and Katniss Everdeens

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

So come on all you Bilbo Baggins, Captain Ahabs, Harry Potters, Anne of Green Gables and Katniss Everdeens. I know you are out there and we need you to win this one. Because how this story ends affects us all.

Claire Fallon

Daniel Handler's Offensive NBA Jokes Prove Book Industry Has A Long Way To Go | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.01.2016 | Books

Daniel Handler, a popular children's book author and the host of the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony, has come in for sharp criticism after making ...

5 Stunning, Prophetic Quotes From Ursula K. Le Guin's National Book Award Speech

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum and Claire Fallon | Posted 11.20.2014 | Books

Ursula K. Le Guin, a science fiction author venerated for her poignant diction, gender-bending characters and eerily accurate speculations about polit...

War Veteran Wins 2014 National Book Award In Fiction

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon and Maddie Crum | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books

The 65th National Book Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday evening, with winners named in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young p...

2014: Year of the Funny Women, Part 2: Women Cartoonists Draw Top Awards

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 01.10.2015 | Comedy
Beverly Wettenstein

Women cartoonists are finally drawing a fine line and earning righful rewards for their work. Stay tooned.

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books

The National Book Award finalists were announced this morning, when five authors were chosen from the award's longlists in the categories of Fiction, ...

National Book Awards 2014 Nominees

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books

This year's National Book Award longlist nominees include a blend of critical darlings and fresh faces. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circl...

So You Want to Be a (Successful) Writer?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Aren't there authors who stay outside the mainstream and are better for it? To satisfy myself, I concocted a version of objective analysis sufficiently rigorous to help a fiction writer relax. Scientists, shut your eyes.

If the National Book Awards 2013 Were a Star Wars Remake

Rae Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Rae Bryant

ames McBride would be Luke Skywalker. This year's underdog, McBride is the surprise winner in fiction with Good Lord Bird.

Maya Angelou: 'Easy Reading Is Damn Hard Writing'

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

Dr. Maya Angelou received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2013 National Book Awards at Cipriani...

National Book Award Winners 2013

Posted 11.21.2013 | Books

The 2013 National Book Awards were held tonight. Awards were given in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. Th...

National Book Award Shortlists Announced

Posted 10.16.2013 | Books

The National Book Award shortlists for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature were announced this morning on "Morning Joe." This i...

This 'Love Trumpet' Kills Racism

Jennifer Nix | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Nix

Five months before the tragic verdict in State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, my personal paradigm on race shifted in a Brooklyn bar as I encountered the poems and performance of Roger Bonair-Agard. 

Post-Election Prescription: A Generous Dose of Robert Bly

Jennifer Nix | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts
Jennifer Nix

A person moves toward poetry out of need, says Robert Bly, when religious instruction perhaps fails to resonate deeply enough, or when trying to get in touch with one's senses.

National Book Award Winners

Posted 11.14.2012 | Books

The 2012 National Book Awards took place tonight, when accolades were given in each of four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's...

We Predict National Book Awards Winners

Posted 11.14.2012 | Books

The National Book Award winners will be announced tonight in New York City. The closest thing U.S. publishing has to the Academy Awards, the prizes ar...

2012 National Book Award Nominees Announced

Posted 10.10.2012 | Books

The 2012 National Book Award Nominees were announced this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Five finalists were selected for each of four categories, in...