Ward Wins 2017 NBA

Winners for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) were announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner in New York on November 15, 2017. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) won in the Fiction category.

The shortlist for the Fiction category also included Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), and the shortlist for the Young People’s Literature category included American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).

Each NBA finalist receives a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the four category winners receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.

The 2017 Fiction judges were Alexander Chee, Dave Eggers, Annie Philbrick, Karolina Waclawiak, and Jacqueline Woodson (chair). The 2017 Young People’s Literature judges were Suzanna Hermans, Brendan Kiely, Kekla Magoon, Meg Medina (chair), and Alex Sanchez.

For more information, including the four category winners, see the National Book Foundation site.

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