The results for the 2016 National Book Award winners are in and the list is outstanding. The categories were Poetry, Young People’s Literature, Fiction, and Non-Fiction. The list of finalists included over 20 authors and now, we have 4 winners. Congratulations to these books and their authors!
The Performance of Being Human by Daniel Borzutzky
Chicago and Chile are two places that have shaped author, Daniel Borzutzky. Through his poetry, he explores the political and economic violence that exists in both.
Young People’s Literature:
March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
John Lewis’ experiences in the Civil Rights movement are documented through these graphic novels. March: Book 3 is another chronicle of the time that Lewis spent involved in one of the world’s most historic movements and details the steps he took to fight for equal rights.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Cora is a slave on a plantation in Georgia and she embarks on a journey with Caesar to find freedom through the Underground Railroad. Whitehead’s novel is fiction, but it re-creates the horrors that African-Americans faced during slavery. A New York Times Bestseller, The Underground Railroad is a heartbreaking, yet powerful story of courage.
Most people believe that we live in a post-racial society. With the election of the first black President, everyone was convinced that all racism had disappeared, but that’s far from the truth. In Kendi’s book, he argues that we must understand where racist ideas come from to understand where we are today.