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National Book Award Winners 2011

National Book Award Winners for this year were announced at a ceremony hosted last night in Manhattan by John Lithgow:

Award for Young People’s Literature: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Award for Nonfiction: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt – “how a 15th century book lover was the catalyst for the Renaissance’s rediscovery of classicism.”

Award for Fiction: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward – “12 days in the life of a poor African American family attempting to weather Hurricane Katrina in coastal Mississippi.”

Award for Poetry: Head Off and Split by Nicky Finney