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A visibly shocked James McBride picked up the fiction prize for his novel The Good Lord Bird about a young slave who joins up with abolitionist John Brown. The nonfiction award was won by George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.
James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday for The Good Lord Bird, about a young slave who meets and travels with abolitionist John Brown.