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The National Book Awards 2011


The National Book Awards 2011

Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

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2011 Winners


SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury USA)

THE SWERVE: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (W. W. Norton & Company)

Young People's Literature
INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

HEAD OFF & SPLIT by Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)

Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
John Ashbery

The Literarian Award
Mitchell Kaplan

2011 Finalists


THE SOJOURN by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press)
THE TIGER'S WIFE by Téa Obreht (Random House)
THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie Otsuka (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
BINOCULAR VISION by Edith Pearlman (Lookout Books, an imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington)

THE CONVERT: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press)
LOVE AND CAPITAL: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution by Mary Gabriel (Little, Brown and Company)
MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)
RADIOACTIVE: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Young People's Literature
CHIME by Franny Billingsley (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)
MY NAME IS NOT EASY by Debby Dahl Edwardson (Marshall Cavendish)
FLESH & BLOOD SO CHEAP: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

THE CHAMELEON COUCH by Yusef Komunyakaa (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
DOUBLE SHADOW by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
TONIGHT NO POETRY WILL SERVE: Poems 2007-2010 by Adrienne Rich (W.W. Norton & Company)
DEVOTIONS by Bruce Smith (University of Chicago Press)