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Johnson, Weiner, Hass, and Alexie Win the National Book Award

The National Book Award winners have been announced. A somewhat controversial pick, Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke, is the fiction winner–giving our reviewer, Ben Segedin, the opportunity to say he called it. (And Donna Seaman starred the poetry winner, too.)


Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson (Farrar)


Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner (Doubleday)


Time and Materials, by Robert Hass (HarperCollins/Ecco)

Young People’s Literature

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown)

Learn more at the New York Times (“Vietnam War Novel Wins National Book Award,” by Motoko Rich). For instance, Denis Johnson sent Sacheen Littlefeather to refuse the award on his behalf. Kidding! Actually, his wife accepted in his absence, though the article doesn’t explain why.

Update: from the Associated Press (“‘Tree of Smoke’ Wins National Book Award,” by Hillel Italie):

The 58-year-old Johnson, who lives in New Mexico, rarely talks to the media and is currently on a writing assignment in Iraq.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

2 Comments on "Johnson, Weiner, Hass, and Alexie Win the National Book Award"

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  1. Donna Seaman says:

    Hi Keir,

    NPR says Denis Johnson is on assignment in Iraq. But, this could be a diversionary tale. . . .


  2. Keir says:

    Boy, you’d think that the NYT could have bothered to mention it.

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