Last night, at the 2017 National Book Awards ceremony in New York, judges announced the winners of the annual prize in four categories: Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. The evening began with two lifetime achievement awards. President Bill Clinton presented the first to Dick Robinson, President and CEO of Scholastic, for his committment to children’s literacy. The second, presented by actress Anne Hathaway, went to Annie Proulx, author of the story “Brokeback Mountain,” which was made into a film in which Ms. Hathaway starred, and novels including The Shipping News. Accepting the award, Ms. Proulx said, ”I didn’t start writing until I was 58, so if you’ve been thinking about it and putting it off, go ahead.”
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 award.