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National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata on Self-Editing: “It involves a lot of flailing around.”

cynthia_kadohataNewbery Medal winner Cynthia Kadohata now adds “winner of the 2013 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category” to her list of achievements. Kadohata earned this honor for her middle grade novel, The Thing About Luck. Throughout her career, she has also written adult novels and short stories. We caught up with her to learn more about her secrets to success. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How do you self-edit?
A: I try to find my deepest, often hidden feelings about what’s working and what’s not. This is difficult because I do lie to myself without being aware that that’s what I’m doing. For me it’s mainly a matter of finding the path to being honest with myself, which is not always a path I enjoy walking down. It’s not an orderly process. It involves a lot of flailing around.

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National Book Awards Winners for 2013

nationalbookawardJames 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

Inaugural Asian Pacific American Book Festival Set for May 12

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California will launch the Asian Pacific American Book Festival, the first festival of its kind focusing on the literary contributions of writers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, on Saturday, May 12 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The festival will be part of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Some of the confirmed panelists include Newbery Award winner Cynthia Kadohata, Asian American Writers Workshop executive director Quang Bao, Los Angeles Times Book Review editor David Ulin, poet Victoria Chang, and pioneering Latino activist and author Luis J. Rodriguez.

“The Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s mission is to advocate for issues involving our various ethnic communities and what could be more illuminating than to spread, share, and examine our stories,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center. “Through the celebration of these stories, we can help to transform the lives of not only Asian Pacific Americans, but also our larger world. Democracy begins with ideas and these ideas are expressed through words, either spoken or written.”