Since 1950, the National Book Awards have celebrated the best in American literature. The winners for 2013 were announced November 20 at the annual National Book Award Ceremony and Gala in New York City.
James McBride won in the fiction category for his novel "The Good Lord Bird." In this action-packed historical novel, a young enslaved boy living in the Kansas Territory in 1857 disguises himself as a girl and travels the country with abolitionist John Brown.
"The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America" by George Packer won the nonfiction prize. Packer writes about changes in our country over the last three decades. To illustrate, he examines the lives of various individuals, including a factory worker in Ohio, a Washington lobbyist, and the son of a tobacco farmer.
The award for young people's literature went to "The Thing about Luck" by Cynthia Kadohata. Because of an emergency that takes her parents away to Japan, Summer and her younger brother must spend harvest season working with her old-fashioned grandparents.
Mary Szybist won the poetry award for her second published collection "Incarnadine."
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