Colum McCann's 'Let the Great World Spin' wins National Book Award

Let the Great World Spin, Irish-born writer Colum McCann’s well-received novel about 1970s New York City, won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night. Other winners announced at the 60th annual ceremony in New York City included T.J. Stiles’ The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt for nonfiction, Keith Waldrop’s Transcendental Studies for poetry, and Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice for young people’s literature. (Hoose, a finalist in the same category in 2001, won for his book about the African American civil rights pioneer who refused to give up her seat on a bus years before Rosa Parks.)

There was one more competitive prize announced at the black-tie dinner at Manhattan’s Cipriani Wall Street, a Best of the National Book Awards Award. Based on 10,000 votes from the reading public, one title emerged as the favorite of all the winners in the prize’s 60-year history: Flannery O’Connor’s The Complete Stories, a posthumous collection that won the fiction prize in 1972.

The National Book Foundation, which administers the prizes (worth $10,000 each), also presented honorary medals to Gore Vidal for distinguished contribution to American letters and to author/activist/McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers (the Literarian Award).

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  • rachelintheOC

    find it interesting (& sad) that all the winners this year are men; and white men at that. hmmm…not to take away from the great works by the men…but what is up with that? given that publisher’s weekly came out the week before with their top 10 which was–you guessed it–all men–I’m sensing a trend here. In fact, the PW list was part of a top 100 that had only 29 female writers, many relegated to traditional female categories such as cookbooks or childrens. Thoughts?

    • Jay

      Are you a writer? Are there a lot more white male writers publishing this year than women and/or minorities? Is this a long-term civil complaint, or would you just like what you like, little princess? Just asking a question doesn’t mean something is wrong with a situation. “Sensing a trend”, when all you did was simple arithmetic is not really worth blogging on about. You should read more.

  • aldo

    Rachel, it’s well known that women can’t write properly. They are very good dancers though. If you look at the top ten pole dancers for this year, nine of them are women. The best one is a man obviously.

  • Helge Fitzmaurice

    Aldo Aldo Aldo – funny man with an interest in pole dancers!

    • Mzz

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