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And the winner is...

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Earlier this month, the National Book Award winners were announced, and similar to last year, criticism was renewed that the Awards are out-of-touch. The argument began when the finalists were announced, and much to the chagrin of critics and readers, very few of the books had recognizable titles – specifically there was a glaring omission of The Marriage Plot  by Jeffrey Eugenides, similar to the missing presence of Jonathan Franzen on last year’s short-list. The argument is that National Book Award winners are so obscure that the Award is no longer relevant to the reading public – however it could also be argued that by picking little known authors and works, the award actually rewards authors who may not get recognition otherwise. Whether you like the results or not, you can view all of the winners on their website and you can also view a list of the winners that are available for check-out in our catalog.

-Leah W.