National Book Awards Reading

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

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Marjani Forte
Nov 15-19

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
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.

Ben Mirov: Phoned-In #10 by Luke Degnan
Sky Body

“Who was chasing me through the brush? He’s staring at neon graffiti and doesn’t look away. He looks like a rich kid on acid. He turns into a duffle bag. The man I have sex with is me. I don’t dream about you. I find your feelings’ cloud.” In episode 10 of Phoned-In, BOMB Magazine’s poetry reading by phone podcast, Ben Mirov reads from his book Ghost Machine.

Fiction for Driving Across America: Herb and Rosalie Swanson at the Cocoanut Grove by Peter Orner

In the first installment in BOMB’s Fiction for Driving Across America series, Peter Orner reads his short story “Herb and Rosalie Swanson at the Cocoanut Grove,” published in BOMB 103’s literary supplement, First Proof.