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11/20/19: 2019 National Book Award winners announced

Susan Choi won the National Book Award for fiction for “Trust Exercise,” a novel set in the 1980s at a competitive performing arts school, where two students fall in love. The judges praised the novel for blending “the intellectual rigor of post-modern technique with a story that is timely, mesmerizing, and in the end, unsettling.”

The award for nonfiction went to Sarah M. Broom for “The Yellow House,” her memoir about her New Orleans home and how her family scattered after Hurricane Katrina.

The Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai’s novel “Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming” won the prize for translated literature, which he shared with his translator, Ottilie Mulzet. 

Martin W. Sandler won the prize for young people’s literature for his book “1919 The Year That Changed America,” an account of a tumultuous year of labor strikes, Prohibition and women’s suffrage.

The poetry prize went to Arthur Sze for his collection “Sight Lines.” 
[Huge kudos to one of our favorite local presses, Copper Canyon Press, publisher of Arthur Size!]

The entire column here in The Seattle Times.

All the information about The National Book Awards, here.

Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250309884
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 9th, 2019

American Woman: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060542221
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 7th, 2004

The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811226646
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Directions - September 24th, 2019

1919 The Year That Changed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681198019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 8th, 2019

Sight Lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595592
Availability: Backordered
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 9th, 2019