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Sep 13, 2006
The Windy City
On October 13, 2010, the nominees for the 2010 National Book Awards were announced ( The winners were announced last night at the 61st National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

The 2010 National Book Award winners were announced Wednesday at the National Book Awards dinner and ceremony in New York City.

The awards were presented to finalists in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

In the Fiction category, this year's winner is Jaimy Gordon for Lord of Misrule, a realistically written novel about horseracing. Author Jaimy Gordon has written four novels and was noted on the Los Angeles Times list of Best Fiction in 2000 for Bogeywoman.

Patti Smith, author of Just Kids, is the winner in the Nonfiction category. In Just Kids, writer, performer, and visual artist Patti Smith chronicles her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989. Just Kids is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

In the Poetry category, the 2010 National Book Award winner is Terrance Hayes for Lighthead, which combines dreams and reality to explore our experiences. Terrance Hayes has received many prestigious awards and was a Los Angeles Times book award finalist for Hip Logic.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is the National Book Award winner in the category of Young People's Literature. Mockingbird is the story of Caitlin, an 11-year-old girl with Asperger's sydrome, a form of autism. In Mockingbird, Caitlin struggles to make sense of her brother's death and learn empathy.

The National Book Awards are given to writers by writers to honor the best in American literature. The first awards were given in March 1950.
For more information about the National Book Awards click here.