Books Honored by the National Book Foundation

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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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3 Books Honored by the National Book Foundation in 2010

Winner - Poetry

Lighthead (Poets, Penguin)
by Terrance Hayes

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    List Price: $18.00
    Format: Paperback, 112 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780143116967
    Imprint: Penguin Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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    Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry

    In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. We see Hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presenta tion format. This innovative collection presents the light- headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time. Fueled by an imagination that enlightens, delights, and ignites, Lighthead leaves us illuminated and scorched.

    Finalist - Young People’s Literature

    One Crazy Summer
    by Rita Williams-Garcia

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    List Price: $7.99
    Format: Paperback, 218 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780060760908
    Imprint: Amistad
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Parent Company: News Corporation
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    Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma will send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer. And even though Delphine will have to take care of her sisters, as usual, and learn the truth about the missing pieces of the past.

    When the girls arrive in Oakland in the summer of 1968, Cecile wants nothing to do with them. She makes them eat Chinese takeout dinners, forbids them to enter her kitchen, and never explains the strange visitors with Afros and black berets who knock on her door. Rather than spend time with them, Cecile sends Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern to a summer camp sponsored by a revolutionary group, the Black Panthers, where the girls get a radical new education.

    Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, one crazy summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls in search of the mother who abandoned them-an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.




    Finalist - Young People’s Literature

    Lockdown
    by Walter Dean Myers

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      List Price: $16.99
      Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
      Classification: Fiction
      Target Age Group: Young Adult
      ISBN13: 9780061214806
      Imprint: Amistad
      Publisher: HarperCollins
      Parent Company: News Corporation
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      When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.It seems as if the only progress that’s going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he’s picked for the work program at a senior citizens’ home. He doesn’t mean to keep messing up, but it’s not so easy, at Progress or in life. One of the residents, Mr. Hooft, gives him a particularly hard time. If he can convince Mr. Hooft that he’s a decent person, not a criminal, maybe he’ll be able to convince himself.Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers offers an honest story about finding a way to make it without getting lost in the shuffle.