At 34, Kendi became the youngest winner of the National Book Award
for Nonfiction for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.
Critique: National Book Award
finalist Karen Bender presents The New Order, an anthology of original stories that reveal how violence precariously tips modern-day life toward potential dystopia.
The National Book Awards
are presented to authors in several categories, including fiction and non-fiction literature, poetry, children's and young adult literature and, for the first time this year, translated works.
The decision has left those who are familiar with the distinguished awards scratching their heads because the National Book Award
was initially designed to honor the 'great American' novels.
Other finalists announced Monday include Roxane Gay's "Hunger" for autobiography and Masha Gessen's "The Future is History," winner of the National Book Award
Already there are a few of her personal books rattling around on one office shelf: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, which was both a National Book Award
finalist for fiction last year and selected as one of its 5 under 35 titles; the novel The Whites by Harry Brandt (Richard Price's pen name); and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, which she planned to start next.
But that Lord of Misrule won the National Book Award
caused many reviewers to frame their opinions in this context; several said that while Gordon's novel is a good book that will interest many people, they did not feel it was the strongest title of the year.
None of these heavyweights was a match for O'Connor, however, who was nominated for the National Book Award
twice during her brief lifetime and twice after her death.
The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award
, he is also a translator and an outspoken environmentalist and pacifist.
FORMER children's laureate Tony Mitton joined Warwickshire school pupils to help pick the local winner of a national book award
Andy Peden-Smith, director of publishing at Northumbria University, said: "Shortlisted for a national book award
, this magnificent photography book details country life, warts and all, in the North of England.
Five National Book Award
fiction finalists from previous years each selected one writer under the age of 35 whose work is particularly promising and exciting.