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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 09.18.2014 | 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. 

National Book Award Longlist For Fiction Announced

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.19.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — Publishers hope that the new rules in place for the National Book Awards, for which the first-ever long-lists were announced this wee...

National Book Awards Non-Fiction Longlist Announced

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- A pair of best-selling works by staff writers for The New Yorker, Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear" and George Packer's "The Unwinding," wer...

First Ever Longlist For National Book Awards Announced

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.16.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — Kate DiCamillo and David Levithan were among the 10 authors who made the first-ever long-list of finalists for the National Book Awar...

National Book Awards Announce Big Changes

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 03.17.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — The National Book Awards are getting a rewrite. New rules announced Tuesday include a "long list" of 10 nominees to be offered for e...

National Book Award Winner William Alexander On Young People's Fantasy

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books

MINNEAPOLIS -- Barely known in a literary field dominated by brand names like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," William Alexander scored the National...

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...

50 Books That Every African American Should Read

Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.05.2012 | Black Voices

Whether you're traveling on vacation, sunbathing on the beach, or simply lounging in the park, nothing beats a good book in the summertime. Still, wit...

Writing a Dozen Books This Year

Matt Forbeck | Posted 08.12.2012 | Books
Matt Forbeck

The biggest question I hear from people, of course, is "Are the books any good?" The implication, of course, is that something made fast can't be made well.

Why Ignoring Female Authors Matters

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 01.26.2012 | Women
Meg Waite Clayton

Could it be that women just don't write as well as men? And yet the winner of latest Pulitzer Prize for fiction is notably female, as were three of the four winners of this year's National Book Awards.

The National Book Awards: A Judge's View

Will Weaver | Posted 01.18.2012 | Books
Will Weaver

The National Book Awards always stirs up serious book lovers: this author was undeserving, that author a charity case, another far too young. This year, from an unfortunate error in the announcement of the Youth Literature finalists, the NBF has already taken its fair share of abuse.

WATCH: Nikky Finney's Powerful Speech At National Book Awards

Posted 11.20.2011 | Black Voices

The National Book Awards 2011 winners exhibited diversity in the literary world. Of the four honorees, two were African American women who spoke about...

A Horrifying Satire of Hollywood Returns

Brian Joseph Davis | Posted 01.18.2012 | Books
Brian Joseph Davis

The Late Great Creature has been reissued and Brock Brower's hardboiled, horror-themed wit might finally find a new audience. It's at the very least found me.

National Book Award Finalists Get Grilled by Teens (PHOTOS)

Rocco Staino | Posted 01.17.2012 | Books
Rocco Staino

With the aid of technology, students from around the country were able to join kids from New York City area schools in a Teen News Conference with the five finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

National Book Award Winners - Revealed!

Posted 11.17.2011 | Books

The National Book Awards 2011 were announced last night at a ceremony in a downtown New York venue. Though the nominees announcement had been overs...