Last night the National Book Foundation held its awards dinner in New York to announce the winners of the 2006 National Book Foundation. Publishers Weekly send out an alert with the winners' names this morning:
Fiction: The Echo Maker by Richard Powers (FSG)
Nonfiction: The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin)
Poetry: Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey (New Directions)
Young People's Literature: The Pox Party: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)
Regular readers of this blog will remember my post of November 10 titled "Are Graphic Novels Literature?" in which I applauded the National Book Foundation for nominating a graphic novel as a finalist in the Young People's Literature category. While American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang did not win, being named a finalist was a huge break-through.
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!