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Neil Gaiman, left, and Ursula K. Le Guin attend the 2014 National Book Awards, where Le Guin was recognized, on Wednesday in New York City.
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November 19, 2014 The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.
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Jonathan Franzen, pictured here at The New Yorker Festival Fiction Night in 2009, won the National Book Award for his third novel, The Corrections.
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November 18, 2014 The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.
Mo'ne Davis stares down a batter during a Little League World Series game in August.
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November 17, 2014 The teen pitcher, who made history at the Little League World Series, will tell her story in a book to be released in March. Also: R.A. Montgomery, an innovator in interactive reading, dies at age 78.
October 15, 2014 The prominent literary prize narrowed its nominees to 20 writers — a mix of heavyweights and many new ones. And across the Atlantic, Richard Flanagan won Britain's biggest award, the Man Booker Prize.
Phil Klay, who served in Iraq's Anbar province from January 2007 to February 2008, was also longlisted for this year's National Book Award.
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October 2, 2014 The list, which picks five promising writers under 35 years old, includes Phil Klay, an Iraq War veteran longlisted for this year's National Book Award. Also: An unpublished Bond story gets new life.
John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats is on the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards.
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September 19, 2014 Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.
The fiction shortlist for the National Book Awards will be announced Oct. 15.
September 18, 2014 Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.
The poetry shortlist for the National Book Awards will be announced Oct. 15.
September 16, 2014 Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.
December 10, 2013 Also: Joan Didion on Martha Stewart; Alice Munro's Nobel interview; the difficulties of judging the National Book Awards.
National Book Awards judges lauded writer James McBride, seen in 2007, for "a voice as comic and original as any we have heard since Mark Twain."
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November 21, 2013 Also: a debate on the value of literary prizes; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton on prize-related nightmares; and Doris Lessing's reaction to winning the Nobel.
Author James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for fiction for The Good Lord Bird, about the journey of a young slave in the 1850s.
November 21, 2013 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.
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An artist's rendering of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
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September 17, 2013 Also: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to publish a memoir; changes at the National Book Awards; a new short story by Tessa Hadley.
Amanda Coplin received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, and now resides in Portland, Ore.
September 13, 2013 Also: J.K. Rowling will write a screenplay set in the magical world; Tina Brown is coming out with a memoir.
Author Louise Erdrich, seen here in May 2008, has won the National Book Award for her novel, The Round House.
November 14, 2012 Erdrich's novel is laced with emotional nuance, and demonstrates in painful detail the legal and cultural obstacles to prosecuting rapists on a North Dakota reservation. Katherine Boo's acclaimed Behind the Beautiful Forevers – about life in a slum in Mumbai, India — won the nonfiction award.
October 12, 2011 This year's honorees include debut novelist Tea Obreht and poet Adrienne Rich. The winners will be announced next month.
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