The winners of the 2007 National Book Awards are:
- Fiction: Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke(FSG)
- Nonfiction: Tim Weiner: Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)
- Poetry: Robert Hass, Time and Materials(Ecco/HarperCollins)
- Young People’s Literature: Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown).
The winners were November 14, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The annual awards are given by the National Book Foundation to recognize achievements in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The night’s ceremonies included the presentation of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to essayist Joan Didion and the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Terry Gross, host and executive producer of National Public Radio’s Fresh Air.
The winner in the “Young People’s Literature” category was Seattle resident Sherman Alexie for his semiautobiographical The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the story of a determined, geeky cartoonist growing up on a Spokane reservation and dreaming of escaping his impoverished situation. Although this is his first book specifically for teens, Alexie has also written numerous other novels dealing with the Native American experience, including Flight (2007) and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (2005). Based on the author’s own experiences, this heartbreaking yet funny story chronicles the adolescence of one contemporary Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live. An award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie was named one of GRANTA’s Best Young American Novelists and has been lauded by the Boston Globe as “an important voice in American literature.”
Go here for an interview with Sherman Alexie.
The author’s official website at http://www.fallsapart.com/