James McBride has won the fiction award for The Good Lord Bird from Riverhead Books.
George Packer has won the nonfiction award for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Mary Szybist won the Poetry award for Incarnadine from Graywolf Press.
The Young People’s Literature award went to Cynthia Kadohata for her book The Thing About Luck from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
The National Book Award winners for 2013 were revealed tonight. You can read free samples of all the winners below to help fill your eReader or tablet.
If you want to read all the finalists, we’ve collected free samples of the finalists in all the categories below. Who was your favorite this year? Read more
E.L. Doctorow received the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards in New York this evening.
Doctorow took to the opportunity on stage to give a long speech about the Internet, which he called “ubiquitous and loomingly present in everything we do.” He talked about how the virtual world has changed out world forever and the opportunities and risks involved.
“Like all worlds, the virtual comes with its heaven and its hell,” he said.
“Its substance is not mountains and seas, but information, data and knowledge in every form and every kind transmitted for every person,” he described it, pointing out the myriads of purpose that the world wide web serves from creating wealth and educating to spying and making war. He called us “immigrants” in “a new world.” Read more
“It’s a personal pleasure to honor a friend and artist and a legend,” said Morrison, who said how wonderful it is that such a talented person doesn’t put others down. “Instead, Maya Angelou inspires delight as well as awe,” said Morrison. “Her reputation sparkles with elegance, generosity, humor…compassion, and dare I say it, wisdom.”
In her speech, Morrison said that when her son died one Christmas, the very first non-family voice that she heard on the phone was Maya. ”With so much toxicity around in this world, the celebratory social life she offers her friends and colleagues is a blessing,” said Morrison. “And trust me, Maya can cook.” Read more
Tonight is the National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. GalleyCat will be covering the event live on our GalleyCat Twitter feed and on this blog. You can also watch a live webcast of the event at this link.
At the ceremony two years ago, this GalleyCat editor interviewed author Lauren Redniss, filmmaker and author Jon Waters, as well as author and former NBA judge Amanda Foreman, and they all gave advice for writers.
Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the National Book Awards finalists.
The Oxford Dictionaries have chosen “selfie” as the Word of the Year for the United States.
A “selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” According to the OUP blog, the organizers voted unanimously for this word.
Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “There have also been lots of plays on this word, such as ‘welfie’ (workout selfie), ‘drelfie’ (drunken selfie), and even, for you book lovers out there, ‘bookshelfie’ (shelfie in front of your bookshelves). Though selfie is not in the Oxford English Dictionary yet, it is being considered for future inclusion.” Would “selfie” have been your choice for “word of the year”?
Goodreads has opened up the voting for its fifth annual Goodreads Choice Awards. The awards include twenty different categories from fiction and poetry to humor and fantasy. Authors Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb have been nominated for Fiction. Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling have both been nominated in the Mystery category.
Here is more about how the books are chosen from the Goodreads blog:
The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers, and we find our nominees from books that our members read and love throughout the year. There’s no judging panel or industry experts. We analyzed statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2013, no nominee list could cover the amazing breadth of books reviewed on Goodreads so we also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want.
Readers will be able to vote in three rounds of voting. The opening round lasts through November 9. The highest voted titles will make it to the Semifinals which last from November 11 – 16. Readers can vote on the final choices November 18 – 25.
The New York Public Library has revealed the 2013 Library Lions.
The five honorees include New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, MacArthur Genius Junot Diaz, and noted essayist Marilynn Robinson. Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim. The Library Lions Gala for this year’s honorees will be held on November 4, 2013.
Ten writers have been chosen to receive the $50,000 for the 2013 Whiting Writers’ Awards. Since 1985, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Writing Foundation has given over $6 million to 290 writers who have shown ”exceptional talent and promise in early career.”
We’ve included all the 2013 winners below. Here’s more from the release:
The 2013 winners consist of one playwright, two poets, one non-fiction writer, four fiction writers, and two writers of both fiction and non-fiction … The evening’s keynote address was given by Tony Kushner, one of the most accomplished playwrights of our time. He received a Whiting Award in 1990 and came to national prominence soon thereafter with his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which won a Pulitzer Prize.