2010 National Book Awards

The National Book Awards are the publishing world’s Oscars and last night they delivered with a tearful Patti Smith, a dapper Tom Wolfe, and a guest appearance from Elmo. Alice Gregory on the party and winners.

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Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe was presented with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards.

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Patti Smith

Patti Smith received the National Book Award for Nonfiction for her book Just Kids.

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Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes received the National Book Award for Poetry for his book Lighthead.

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Kathryn Erskine

Kathryn Erskine received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her book Mockingbird.

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Jaimy Gordon

Jaimy Gordon received the National Book Award for Fiction for her book Lord of Misrule.

The winning books

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David Steinberger, Tina Brown and Tom Freston

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Joan Juliet Buck, Robin Steele and Patti Smith

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Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe with his wife Sheila and his son Tommy.

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The Winners

Left to right: Jaimy Gordon, Patti Smith, Terrance Hayes and Kathryn Erskine.

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Glenn McMahon and Stephen Colvin

Glenn McMahon, CEO of St. John, with Stephen Colvin, CEO of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company.

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Kelly Choi

Kelly Choi, host of Bravo's Top Chef Masters arrives at the National Book Awards after party.

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After Party

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Andrei Codrescu

Writer and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu at the after party.

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After Party

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Keith Kelly

NY Post columnist Keith Kelly at the after party.

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After Party