The winners of the 2012 National Book Awards were announced this past week. They are:
Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)
David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)
Young People's Literature:
William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
In addition, novelist Elmore Leonard received the 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and publisher of The New York Times was awarded the 2012 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.