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. Robin Marchant/Getty Images hide caption

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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. Joe Kohen/Getty Images hide caption

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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. Hannah Dunphy/Courtesy of Penguin Press hide caption

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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. Victoria Will/AP hide caption

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Author Louise Erdrich, seen here in May 2008, has won the National Book Award for her novel, The Round House. Dawn Villella/AP hide caption

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