Presenter of the National Book Awards

Images from the 2010 National Book Awards Medal Ceremony and Finalists Reading

NONFICTION

WINNER:

Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
> Interview
> Watch speech and reading

Finalists:

Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
(Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group)
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John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
(W.W. Norton & Co/The New Press ) -
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Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
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Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War
(Doubleday)
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Nonfiction Judges:

Blake Bailey, Marjorie Garber, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Seth Lerer, Sallie Tisdale

POETRY

WINNER:

Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Penguin Books)
> Interview
> Watch speech and reading
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Hayes

Finalists:

Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press) -
- Interview >

James Richardson, By the Numbers (Copper Canyon Press) -
- Interview >

C.D. Wright, One with Others (Copper Canyon Press) -
- Interview >

Monica Youn, Ignatz (Four Way Books) -
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Poetry Judges:

Rae Armantrout, Cornelius Eady, Linda Gregerson, Jeffrey McDaniel, Brenda Shaughnessy

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

WINNER:

Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
(Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
> Interview
> Watch speech and reading

Finalists:

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.)
- Interview >

Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Interview >

Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
(Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
- Interview >

Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer
(Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
- Interview >

Young People’s Literature Judges:

Laban Carrick Hill, Kelly Link, Tor Seidler, Hope Anita Smith, Sara Zarr

2010 LITERARIAN AWARD RECIPIENT

JOAN GANZ COONEY

> Watch her acceptance speech

 

2010 MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN LETTERS RECIPIENT

TOM WOLFE

> Watch his acceptance speech

 

2010 National Book Award Master of Ceremonies

Andy Borowitz

Opening Monologue:

Andy Borowitz is an author, comedian, satirist and film actor whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker and The Huffington Post. He is also the creator of the award-winning satirical website BorowitzReport.com, which has millions of readers worldwide. As a performer, he has played to sold-out houses from coast to coast and has made countless radio, television and film appearances, including in Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda. His onscreen credits include winning the NAACP Image Award for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith, as well as producing the Oscar-nominated film Pleasantville. He wrote this summer’s comedy hit, Dinner for Schmucks, starring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. The author of six books, he is a two-time finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor and the first-ever winner of the National Press Club’s award for humor writing. Most recently, he edited an upcoming Library of America anthology on the hundred funniest writers in America.

The 2010 National Book Award Finalists Announcement

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