National Book Awards 2016

UPDATE: The 2016 National Book Award Winners are:

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell’s March: Book Three


Arlie Russell Hochschild

The National Book Awards, set for November 16th, has named the 20 authors who earned a spot on their 2016 shortlist. Among them, 2002 MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead, former Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Mellon Fellow Arlie Russell Hochschild, and Jacqueline Woodson whose book Brown Girl Dreaming earned the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Chris Bachelder’s The Throwback Special
Paulette Jiles’ News of the World
Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn

Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Andrés Reséndez’s The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human
Rita Dove’s Collected Poems 1974 – 2004
Peter Gizzi’s Archeophonics
Jay Hopler’s The Abridged History of Rainfall
Solmaz Sharif’s Look

Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell’s March: Book Three
Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver
Jason Reynolds’ Ghost
Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star

"The Tale of Despereaux" Author Named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Kate DiCamillo appointed National Ambassador for Young People's Literature - peoplewhowrite

Kate DiCamillo

Publishers Weekly reports Kate DiCamillo will be appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in a ceremony on January 10, 2014. DiCamillo reportedly expressed intimidation and excitement at taking on the two-year role.

“Anybody who knows me knows I am a handwringer and a worrier, and this is big and intimidating to me,” DiCamillo said. “But this community has taken me in and reading is something I believe in so passionately. Being offered this felt like such a huge gift, I couldn’t say no.” She went on to share her plans to promote community reading.

“I’m interested in ‘community reads’ that pull together disparate people in a town or a school or a hospital or an orphanage, where everybody reads the same book and talks about it,” she explained of her platform “Stories Connect Us.”

The Newbery Medal-winning author was chosen by a committee  including the Children’s Book Council’s Robin Adelson, John Cole of the Center for the Book, two librarians, a bookseller, a reviewer, and current ambassador Walter Dean Myers. Adelson said of DiCamillo, “Kate is just a phenomenal choice. It’s an honor to give her this kind of platform to spread her message.”