Announcing the 2016 National Book Award Winners

The year’s most coveted literary prizes are handed out in NYC.

The 67th annual National Book Award Ceremony, hosted by Larry Wilmore, are underway in New York City. After a month of speculation and anticipation, we’ll finally have our five winners. Each will take home $10,000, a bronze sculpture, and the coveted NBA sticker for the cover of their books. So, did you correctly predict the results? Find out below.

(Electric Lit is live on the scene, and we’ll be updating you throughout the night. All the finalists are below. The official 2016 winners are in bold.)

Fiction

Nonfiction

  • Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
  • Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
  • Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Poetry

  • Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human
  • Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974–2004
  • Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics
  • Jay Hopler, The Abridged History of Rainfall
  • Solmaz Sharif, Look

Young People’s Literature

  • Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
  • John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, March: Book Three
  • Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
  • Jason Reynolds, Ghost
  • Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

Congratulations to all of the authors! Check back to EL tomorrow for more.

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