National Book Awards Reading

On the eve of the National Book Awards ceremony, the New School hosted a reading for this year’s finalists.

National Book Awards 2011

National Book Awards. Image courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan.

BOMB was out in full force for the national book awards this year, at the ceremony and the after party (which we co-sponsored!). This year’s big winners were: Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones for fiction, Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern for nonfiction, Nikky Finney’s Head Off & Split in poetry, and Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out & Back Again in the young people’s literature category.

On the eve of the National Book Awards ceremony, the New School hosted a reading for this year’s finalists, including Andrew Krivak, Téa Obreht, Julie Otsuka, Edith Pearlman, Stephen Greenblatt, Mary Gabriel, Zaheer Ali reading for Manning Marable, Lauren Redniss, Nikky Finney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Carl Phillips, Jill Bialosky reading for Adrienne Rich, Bruce Smith, Thanhha Lai, Franny Billingsley, Debby Dahl Edwardson, Albert Marrin, and Gary D. Schmidt. All equally brilliant, it is somewhat a shame there had to be winners—but thankfully it was down to judges to decide who this year’s awards went to and not us.

Jesmyn Ward by Rebecca Keith
​Jesmyn Ward
Susan Daitch by Evan Lavender-Smith
Susan Daitch Bomb 2

“There are times when all writing is like the cinema hat you can’t take off, and once it’s in place, there’s a tendency to catastrophize, to make things more interesting.”

Jesse Ball & Catherine Lacey
Jesse Ball And Catherine Lacey

“I had a guy come up to me and say, ‘I think you’re a really good writer; I just think you’re wrong about a lot of things. But I enjoy the books.’”

BOMBLive at the Harbor Gallery
First Kiss

Listen to readings from a BOMBlive event at the Harbor Gallery on July 24th, 2013. Many thanks to our talented readers: Álvaro Enrigue, Catherine Lacey, M. Cullen, Trey Sager, and Bianca Stone.