Fiction: Colum McCann for Let the Great World Spin (Random House)
(which pleases me as I'm reading Borstal Boy and feeling all Irish nationalist)
Non-Fiction: T. J. Stiles for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Knopf)
Poetry: Keith Waldrop for Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (Univ. of California Press)
Young People's Literature: Phillip Hoose for Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice (FSG/Kroupa)
Distinguished Contribution to American Letters: Gore Vidal
The Literarian Award: Dave Eggers
The Best of the National Book Awards Fiction: Flannery O'Connor's The Complete Stories
Congrats to all!
But I also want to applaud Stiles, who reportedly did good:
Stiles said that books “are at the heart of our culture,” and went on to thank the vast army of workers—“ a complete eco-system” —that make books possible. “The editorial assistants, the copyeditors, the designers, agents, publicists, the guys in the mailroom, librarians—I hope e-books aren’t fooling us into thinking these people aren’t needed.”
I always appreciate when authors take advantage of an opportunity like this one to remind folks about all the good people who makes a great book possible.