Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Jesmyn Ward triumphs at National Book Awards

17th November 2011

Jesmyn Ward was one of the big winners at the 62nd National Book Awards, with her novel Salvage the Bones triumphing in the fiction category.

In doing so, Ward beat off stiff competition from a strong shortlist that included 2011 Orange Fiction Prize for Fiction winner Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife and said her literary journey has 'only just begun'.

Other victors on the night included Stephen Greenblatt, whose book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern won the non-fiction prize, while Nikky Finney's poetry collection Head Off & Split was also honoured.

The young people's literature award, which had attracted a great deal of controversy prior to the ceremony, was won by Thanhha Lai for Inside Out & Back Again.

Lauren Myracle's Shine had been accidentally named on the shortlist after being confused with Franny Billingsley's Chime, leading to Myracle withdrawing from contention when she discovered the reason for her inclusion.

The event also saw poet John Ashbery presented with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in recognition of his life's work.

Admitting that his early poetry was 'in the grand tradition of being hard to understand', Ashbery said writing now gives him a pleasure he can 'almost taste' and said the difficulty of creating new poems is 'embedded in the pleasure'.

Latest Blog
Sara Baume on the Books that have Influenced Her
20/02/2017

Exclusively for Foyles, Sara talks about the importance of art to her and her writing.

#FoylesFive: Book Boyfriends
14/02/2017

Why not curl up with a book boyfriend this Valentine's Day? The good thing about book boyfriends is you can have more than one and they never talk back!

#FoylesFive: Valentine Picks
10/02/2017

Some of our lovely booksellers at our Birmingham branch share their heartfelt picks for Valentine's Day.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd