Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, and Norman Mailer have won the award in the past. The 2012 award ceremony has come to a close and awards were given out a few days ago.
Young People’s Literature: – William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
Poetry: David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
Nonfiction: Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Fiction: Louise Erdrich, The Round House