Louise Erdrich has won the National Book Award for fiction for her novel “The Round House” about a woman raped in a Native American community. Katherine Boo has received the nonfiction prize for “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” which focuses on the poor in India and government corruption. Competition for both categories was especially fierce this year with several prominent authors considered for the honors. See the NY Times article.
For the award in fiction, the NBA committee nominated Junot Diaz, who continues to garner attention for his short story collection “This is How You Lose Her,” along with Dave Eggers for “A Hologram for the King” and Louise Erdrich for her work “The Round House.”
In nonfiction, Anthony Shadid, who died earlier this year in Syria, was selected for his personal history “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.” Robert Caro made the list for another volume in his sweeping series, “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4.” In addition, Katherine Boo was recognized for “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.”
See this NYTimes article for more candidates and categories. Winners announced Nov. 14.