The Fiction award went to Phil Klay for Redeployment.
Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.
Here's our interview with Phil from earlier this year.
Evan Osnos won the Nonfiction award for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.
In Age of Ambition, Evan Osnos describes the greatest collision taking place in China: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.
The Poetry award went to Louise Glück for Faithful and Virtuous Night.
You enter the world of this spellbinding book through one of its many dreamlike portals. Each time you enter, it's the same place but it has been arranged differently. Faithful and Virtuous Night tells a single story, but the parts are mutable and the great sweep of its narrative mysterious and fateful, heartbreaking, and charged with wonder.
Jacqueline Woodson won the Young People's Literature award for Brown Girl Dreaming.
In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.