Prizes

National Book Award Winners

The results are in from one of publishing's biggest nights, the National Book Awards. Colum McCann's novel, Let the Great World Spin, a tome about mortality in 1970s New York, won the fiction prize on Wednesday night, while T.J. Stiles' biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, The First Tycoon, won for nonfiction. To commemorate the awards' 60th year, the public voted on a special prize naming the best fiction winner in the awards' history. Flannery O'Connor's The Complete Stories won despite stiff competition from Eudora Welty, John Cheever, and Ralph Ellison.