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Here are a just some of the recent nominees for 2011 National Book Awards.


Dr. Manning Marable:


Nikky Finney:


Yusef Komunyakaa:


Jesmyn Ward:


Carl Phillips:


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"Black people were the only people in the United States ever explicitly, forbidden, to become literate."

If you don't do anything else today, listen Nikky Finney, 2011 National Book Awards acceptance speech.

One industry icon said it best, "I was moved and speechless by Finny's acceptance speech... the woman spoke the truth with such grace and elegance....She done herself, and all of us Damn proud!

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