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2017 National Book Award Winners

November 20, 2017

The 68th annual National Book Awards were held on November 15 in New York City. The National Book Foundation awarded the prestigious honor of a National Book Award to authors and poets in four different literary categories - Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature. 

The winner of the NBA for Fiction was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. In the book, siblings Jojo and Kayla are being raised by their grandparents, Mam and Pop, while their drug-addicted mother Leonie is in and out of their lives. When their father is released from prison, Leonie takes her kids and sets out on a journey to the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen was the winner in the Nonfiction category. The book follows four millennials who were born in the USSR but who grew up in Russia after the dissolution of the USSR.

Frank Bidart's Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 was the winner in the Poetry category. "Half-light" is a complete collection of Bidart's previous work, including an all-new poetry collection, called "Thirst.

The winner in the category of Young People's Literature was Far from the Tree by Robin Benway. The novel follows three teenagers separated by adoption, who each explore explore the meaning of family.

The winner in each category was also awarded with a $10,000 prize, with the finalists in each category receiving a $1,000 prize.

 If you're inclined to check the winners out, you're in luck; MCPL owns copies of the Fiction, Nonfiction and Young People's Literature winners, with the Poetry winner on order and available soon!

For more on the National Book Awards, visit

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