please enjoy this great piece from the LA Times in anticipation of tonight's announcement of the National Book Award winners.
I am excited. This is one of my favorite awards. Not only do they give out fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, but they also name a young people's literature award. They are also never afraid to make a bold move, like when they gave Stephen King the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Many people were upset, but not me. He clearly deserved it. [Click through for reporting from 2003 on that divisive award.]
This reminds me that you can all watch the National Book Awards on the live stream here.
Also, in general, the NBA website is a fantastic resource for information about American writers. They have information on every book that makes the finalists lists and they have interesting interviews with authors who have won this citation.
Click here for an example using two time finalist Gene Luen Yang.
In fact, back in 2011 I had this post on using awards lists as an RA tool. Don't forget about all awards lists.
So enjoy the award announcement tonight, but don't forget to use the awards lists and websites as a resource all year long.
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