Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Random House) has received the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction and The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles (Knopf) has been announced as the Nonfiction winner.
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Jhumpa Lahiri has won the Twelfth Annual Asian American Literary Award in Fiction for her short story collection Unaccustomed Earth, and Ed Park's Personal Days was named a finalist for the award. Leslie T. Chang won in the nonfiction category for her book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China.
Ajai Singh "Sonny" Mehta, chairman and editor-in-chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, was named the 2009 winner of The Asian American Writers' Workshop's Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for more information.
John Pipkin's The Woodsburner (Nan A. Talese), a first novel about a forest fire accidentally set by Henry David Thoreau, has won the Center for Fiction's 2009 First Novel Prize. It was named the winner from a short list that included The Vagrants by Yiun Li (Random House). Last year's winner, The Book Thief author Hannah Tinti, presented the award at a ceremony on November 9.