Young National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward will be making a stop in Chicago between Feb. 29 and Mar. 3, 2012. Her book on the days leading up to Katrina garnered much attention, standing out against many better known and established authors. Salvage the Bones is her second novel.
Late last night the National Book Awards were announced. Jesmyn Ward (right in photo) took top fiction honors for “Salvage the Bones,” about a Mississippi family’s struggle during Hurricane Katrina. The nonfiction prize went to Stephen Greenblatt (left) for his work “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” which analyzes the effects of certain influential thinkers and trends on civilization since the 1500’s. Ward appears to be quite young; I think it’s exciting that she’s earning substantial recognition at this age.