Charles Yu novel, Malcolm X bio win National Book Awards
NEW YORK – Charles Yu's “Interior Chinatown,” a satirical, cinematic novel written in the form of a screenplay, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Tamara Payne and her father the late Les Payne's Malcolm X biography, “The Dead Are Arising,” was cited for nonfiction and Kacen Callender's “King and the Dragonflies” for young people's literature. The traditional dinner ceremony is the nonprofit National Book Foundation's most important source of income and is usually held at Cipriani Wall Street, where publishers and other officials pay thousands of dollars for tables or individual seats. The scholar Manning Marable died right before the 2011 publication of “Malcolm X,” which went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and receive a National Book Award nomination. This is a story you should try to tell.”Winners in each of the competitive categories receive $10,000, and other finalists $1,000, with the money divided equally between the author and translator for best translated book.
McBride, Wilkerson among nominees for Kirkus Prize
NEW YORK Elena Ferrante, James McBride and Isabel Wilkerson are among the nominees for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor for the best fiction, nonfiction and children's books. The nominees, six each in the three categories, were chosen by panels of writers, critics, booksellers and librarians. Other nominees were Tola Rotimi's Black Sunday," Juliana Delgado Lopera's Fiebre Tropical," Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain" and Raven Leilani's Luster." Wilkerson is a nonfiction finalist for another Winfrey pick, her study of racism in the U.S., Caste." In young people's literature, nominees include a children's version of Ibram X, Kendi's award-winning study of race, Stamped from the Beginning," co-authored with Jason Reynolds.