Books Honored by the National Book Awards

National Book Award Medals

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.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man.

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2 Books Honored by the National Book Awards in 2000

Winner - Poetry

Blessing The Boats: New And Selected Poems 1988-2000 (American Poets Continuum)
by Lucille Clifton

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    List Price: $17.00
    Format: Paperback, 145 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781880238882
    Imprint: BOA Editions Ltd.
    Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd.
    Parent Company: BOA Editions Ltd.
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    Book Description: 
    The long-awaited collection by one of the most distinguished poets working today.

    Finalist - Nonfiction

    W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963
    by David Levering Lewis

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    List Price: $35.00
    Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780805025347
    Imprint: Henry Holt & Company
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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    Book Description: 
    The second volume of the Pulitzer Prize—winning biography that The Washington Post hailed as "an engrossing masterpiece"

    Charismatic, singularly determined, and controversial, W.E.B. Du Bois was a historian, novelist, editor, sociologist, founder of the NAACP, advocate of women’s rights, and the premier architect of the Civil Rights movement. His hypnotic voice thunders out of David Levering Lewis’s monumental biography like a locomotive under full steam.

    This second volume of what is already a classic work begins with the triumphal return from WWI of African American veterans to the shattering reality of racism and lynching even as America discovers the New Negro of literature and art. In stunning detail, Lewis chronicles the little-known political agenda behind the Harlem Renaissance and Du Bois’s relentless fight for equality and justice, including his steadfast refusal to allow whites to interpret the aspirations of black America. Seared by the rejection of terrified liberals and the black bourgeoisie during the Communist witch-hunts, Du Bois ended his days in uncompromising exile in newly independent Ghana. In re-creating the turbulent times in which he lived and fought, Lewis restores the inspiring and famed Du Bois to his central place in American history.


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