A Good Book Wasn't Hard to Find

Last night, at the 60th National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, the winner of the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction -- chosen by the more than 10,000 readers who voted on the National Book Foundation's website -- was announced: The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor. Here's a video of the conversation about O'Connor I had a couple of months back with foundation president, Harold Augenbraum.


Colum McCann won the 2009 NBA Fiction Award. Read former judge Tom LeClair on all the nominees here.


Other winners included:

NONFICTION: T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Life of Cornelius J. Vanderbilt.

POETRY: Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE: Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.



April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.