National Book Award

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Writers of Color Sweep National Book Awards

Here are the authors, poets and translators whose books and collections won one of the United States’ most prestigious literary prizes.

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'Sing, Unburied, Sing' Author Jesmyn Ward Earns 2017 National Book Award

The MacArthur Genius grantee previously won the same award for her 2011 novel, “Salvage the Bones.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins National Book Award, Dedicates it to Friend Killed by Police

He accepted the prestigious award in the name of his friend Prince Jones, a Howard University student who was killed by police in 2000.

Maya Angelou to be Awarded Mailer Lifetime Acheivement Award

Angelou was also awarded an honorary National Book Award earlier this month, making this her second major literary prize of the year.