The Library of Congress has named W.S. Merwin our country's next poet laureate for 2010-2011. During a 60-year writing career, Merwin has received many major literary awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Collections of poetry available from Knopf include The Pupil, The River Sound, The Vixen, Travels, and Rain in the Trees. His translations include Purgatorio, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Song of Roland.
Evan Davis, chair of the committee of judges, said: "It is the personal detail in Nothing to Envy that makes it both gripping and moving. Nowhere will you find a better account of real life in North Korea, a society that is all too easily comically typecast by massive parades of co-ordinated flag-wavers. I think we knew this book had something when we found ourselves reading it out loud to spouses and partners. And it is a real testament to Demick's writing, that a book on such a grim topic can be so hard to put down."