Walter Mosley to receive honorary National Book Award
NEW YORK Walter Mosley is receiving an honorary National Book Award, cited for dozens of books which range from science fiction and erotica to the acclaimed mystery series that has followed the life of Los Angeles private detective Ezekiel Easy Rawlins. The National Book Awards are presented by the non-profit National Book Foundation. But like such previous medal winners as Ray Bradbury and Elmore Leonard, he has never been nominated for a National Book Award in a competitive category. Mosley knows well the reason: Crime fiction is usually bypassed when lists for a years best books are considered. In a statement Thursday, National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas noted the quantity, and quality, of Mosley's work.
Book critics give fiction prize to Edwidge Danticat
This combination of photos released by Knopf shows the cover of "Everything Inside," by Edwidge Danticat, left, and a portrait of Danticat. Danticat's story collection has won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. (Knopf/left, and Lynn Savarese via AP)NEW YORK, N.Y. – Edwidge Danticat's story collection “Everything Inside” has won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. The critics circle usually announces its awards during a Manhattan ceremony, but called off the gathering over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Danticat's stories — tales of love, family and mortality set partly in her native Haiti — previously won the Story prize for best short fiction.