National Book Winners Announced

    ** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND MAY 24-25 **Author Louise Erdrich reflects on growing up in North Dakota and her new book "The Plague of Doves" Friday May 16, 2008 at her store BirchBark Books in Minneapolis. "The Plague of Doves," which was released in April, is about the Lynching of three American Indians in North Dakota in 1897. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)

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    All the top literary nerds gathered Wednesday evening in Manhattan for the annual National Book Awards. For fiction, the prize went to Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Katherine Boo won best nonfiction work for Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Taking the stage, Boo joked she felt like Mitt Romney, since she didn’t have a prepared speech. David Ferry’s Bewilderment won for poetry. The winners each received $10,000.

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