National Book Award News
23 'Genius' Grants Announced by MacArthur Foundation
Gene Luen Yang, a prize-winning author and the national ambassador for young people's literature, and Claudia Rankine, one of poetry's most innovative stars, are among this year's 23 MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called "genius grants."
Robert Caro to Receive Honorary National Book Award Medal
Robert Caro is this year's winner of a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, given for "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters."
Colson Whitehead Is Finalist for Kirkus Fiction Prize
Colson Whitehead is up for another literary honor, the Kirkus Prize for fiction. Whitehead's acclaimed "The Underground Railroad," a novel set during the Civil War, is among six nominees announced Tuesday for the $50,000 award. Whitehead's book is also on the longlist for the National Book Awards
Poetry Center Cave Canem Wins Honorary National Book Award
Cave Canem, a poetry center that has nurtured and championed African-American poets, has won an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the American literary community
Colson Whitehead on Fiction Longlist for National Book Award
Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," already a favorite of critics, readers and Oprah Winfrey, is on the fiction longlist for the National Book Awards
Pulitzer Winner Nguyen in Running for National Book Award
Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last spring for his novel "The Sympathizer" is now in the running for a nonfiction National Book Award
Rita Dove on National Book Award Longlist for Poetry
Former U.S. poets laureate Donald Hall and Rita Dove are among 10 writers on the longlist for the National Book Awards
Rep. John Lewis Is on the Longlist for a National Book Award
Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights activist and longtime Georgia congressman, is on the longlist for a National Book Award
'In the Heart of the Sea' Movie Review
Starring Chris Hemsworth , Benjamin Walker, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson Rated PG-13 Two-and-a-half out of five stars Ron Howard is a gem. The director has few rivals when it comes to giving audiences visceral, cinematic experiences. I can only imagine his excitement when presented with the
Maya Angelou: Forgiveness Is the Answer
Maya Angelou was moved to tears while reading a passage of her new autobiography “Mom & Me & Mom,” in an interview for “This Week,” “There has never been anyone greater than you as the mother of a young adult. She squeezed my hand twice,”...