The National Book Award Winners were announced last night.
The premise, or at least advertised premise, of Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin put it on my books-to-avoid list. I have nothing against tightrope walkers, but a story involving someone tightrope walking between the World Trade Center towers seemed gimmicky. But now it has won at least one major award. That ordinarily would not be the end of my resistance, but I anticipate it will be included in the Tournament of Books. My plan is to read most, if not all, the Tournament contestants this year. So….
In other categories, the winners were —
T.J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. (This book was already on the TBR pile.)
Keith Waldrop, Transcental Studies: A Trilogy
Young People’s Literature:
Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice