Beating out an unusually competitive field, Louise Erdrich won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for “The Round House,” a novel about a teenage boy’s effort to investigate an attack on his mother on a North Dakota reservation, and his struggle to come to terms with the violence in their culture.
- Nonfiction: Katherine Boo for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
- Young People’s Literature: William Alexander for Goblin Secrets
- Poetry: David Ferry for Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
- Distinguished Contribution to American Letters: novelist Elmore Leonard