Books | Colum McCann novel wins national award for fiction | Seattle Times Newspaper:
The Associated Press, via the Seattle Times, reports on the National Book Awards. McCann’s novel Let the Great World Spin took the fiction prize, and T.J. Stiles’s The First Tycoon, a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, won for nonfiction. >
Also a winner was Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin, in the young people’s literature category. Colvin, now 70, “who as a teenager was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Ala. bus, months before a similar incident made Rosa Parks a symbol of defiance,” appeared on stage with Hoose.