Announcing the Winners of the 2016 National Book Awards

Chris Schluep on November 16, 2016

ColLast night, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 National Book Awards. LBJ and Robert Moses biographer Robert Caro won the medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, and the poetry center Cave Canem won the Literarian Award. 

Here are the winning books:


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Fiction - This was our #1 pick for the Best Books of the Year, so we were especially happy to see Colson Whitehead win the National Book Award. His novel--about two slaves trying to escape on an underground railroad that is not just metaphorical but real--has definitely been one of the highlights of the publishing year.

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Nonfiction - By examining the lives of five people--Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, and anti-prison activist Angela Davis--historian Ibram X. Kendi chronicles the history of racism in this country in a way that will dislodge some of your own assumptions.

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Poetry - Globalism versus the individual is a key theme in this poetry book. To read a sample, click on the book cover and use the "Look Inside" feature on the book's detail page.

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Young People's Literature - The March graphic novel series just keeps marching along. This is the third and final volume in John Lewis's extremely popular firsthand account of the civil rights era.


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