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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