Books Honored by the National Book Foundation
The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. National Book Awards are given five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.
Here we highlight the winners of African descent. The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison, in 1953, for Invisible Man.
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3 Books Honored by the National Book Foundation in 1999
Winner - Poetry
Vice: New and Selected Poems
by Ai Ogawa
Publication Date: Jun 17, 2000
List Price: $21.00
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Imprint: W. W. Norton & Company
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Parent Company: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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Finalist - Poetry
Configurations: New & Selected Poems, 1958-1998
by Clarence Major
Publication Date: Sep 01, 1998
List Price: $20.00
Format: Paperback, 375 pages
Imprint: Copper Canyon Press
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Parent Company: Copper Canyon Press
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Finalist - Young People’s Literature
by Walter Dean Myers
Publication Date: Dec 28, 2004
List Price: $11.99
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Parent Company: News Corporation