The Fiction award went to Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles: Stories.
In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal.
Adam Johnson was one of BuzzFeed Books' first contributors.
Ta-Nehisi Coates won the Nonfiction award for Between the World and Me.
Masterfully woven from lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me offers a powerful new framework for understanding America's history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward.
You can read more about Between the World and Me here.
The Poetry award went to Robin Coste Lewis for Voyage of the Sable Venus.
Offering a new understanding of biography and the self, this collection questions just where, historically, do ideas about the black female figure truly begin—five hundred years ago, five thousand, or even longer? Lewis's book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race—a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts.
Neal Shusterman won the Young People's Literature award for Challenger Deep.
Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. He is dealing with schizophrenia... and as fantasy and paranoia begin to take over, his parents have only one choice left.
Don DeLillo received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and James Patterson won the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.
Congratulations to all!
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