National Book Award winners. How many have you read?

David Ferry, Suffolk University Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence
David Ferry, Suffolk University Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence

Writers stepped away from their desks Wednesday night and into their black-tie finest for the National Book Awards held at Cipriani’s in New York. It wasn’t the Oscars, but there was a red carpet (writers–dolled up!) and swag (books on every table!). Suffolk University Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence David Ferry was the winner in poetry for his collection, “Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations.’’ Katherine Boo won the award in non-fiction for “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.’’ The winner in Young People’s Literature was “Goblin Secrets’’ by William Alexander. Local nominee Junot Diaz (short-listed for his story collection, “This Is How You Lose Her’’) was bested by Lousie Erdrich for her novel “The Round House.’’ No one should feel too bad for Diaz, though, who is having a remarkable year. In October he was awarded $500,000 for being named a MacArthur Fellow. The full list of nominees is below: How many have you read?



WINNER: Louise Erdrich, “The Round House’’

Junot Díaz, “This Is How You Lose Her’’

Dave Eggers, “A Hologram for the King’’

Ben Fountain, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’’

Kevin Powers, “The Yellow Birds’’


WINNER: Katherine Boo, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity’’

Anne Applebaum, “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956’’

Robert A. Caro, “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4’’

Domingo Martinez, “The Boy Kings of Texas’’

Anthony Shadid, “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East’’


WINNER: David Ferry, “Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations’’

Cynthia Huntington, “Heavenly Bodies’’

Tim Seibles, “Fast Animal’’

Alan Shapiro, “Night of the Republic’’

Susan Wheeler, “Meme’’


WINNER: William Alexander, “Goblin Secrets’’

Carrie Arcos, “Out of Reach’’

Patricia McCormick, “Never Fall Down’’

Eliot Schrefer, “Endangered’’

Steve Sheinkin, “Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon’’

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