Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 National Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2010 National Book Award were announced on November 17th at the 61st National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony, held in New York City.  All of this year's finalists received a bronze statue and a $10 000 prize in honour of their contributions and achievements to literature.   Here are the highlights of the ceremony:


Fiction - Winner 

Lord of Misrule
by Jaimy Gordon
Release Date: November 15, 2010

Horseman Tommy Hansel has a scheme to rescue his failing stable: He’ll ship four unknown but ready horses to Indian Mound Downs, run them in cheap claiming races at long odds, and then get out fast before anyone notices. The problem is, at this rundown riverfront half-mile racetrack in the Northern Panhandle, everybody notices—veteran groom Medicine Ed, Kidstuff the blacksmith, old lady “gyp” Deucey Gifford, stall superintendent Suitcase Smithers, eventually even the ruled-off “racetrack financier” Two-Tie and the ominous leading trainer, Joe Dale Bigg. But no one bothers to factor in Tommy Hansel’s go-fer girlfriend, Maggie Koderer. Like the beautiful, used-up, tragic horses she comes to love, Maggie has just enough heart to wire everyone’s flagging hopes back to the source of all luck.


I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
Great House by Nicole Krauss

Nonfiction - Winner

by Patti Smith
Release Date: November 2, 2010

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.


Cultures of War by John W. Dower

Poetry - Winner

by Terrance Hayes
Release Date: March 30, 2010

In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. We see Hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presenta­tion format. This innovative collection presents the light- headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time. Fueled by an imagination that enlightens, delights, and ignites, Lighthead leaves us illuminated and scorched.


By The Numbers by James Richardson
The Eternal City by Kathleen Graber

One with Others by C.D. Wright
Ignatz by Monica Youn

Young People's Literature - Winner

by Kathryn Erskine
Release Date: April 15, 2010

In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.


Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
Dark Water by Laura McNeal

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Congratulations to all of the winners and the finalists of this year's National Book Awards!!!!!


  1. I read Ship Breaker in the YA/Children's department. It was surprisingly good. I haven't read any of the other books on the list in any categories. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Hahaha WOW I have never heard of any of those books. And I call myself a YA lover *tsk tsk* Thank you for printing this list!