Thursday, November 20, 2008

National Book Award in Poetry: Mark Doty, Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems

Awestruck, exhilarated, emphatically celebrating: that's the mood here at Kingdom Books, as we pass along word of last night's announcement: Mark Doty's capacious collection FIRE TO FIRE: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS has been accorded the National Book Award in Poetry. We hope this means Doty will make more public appearances this year, because he's one of the best storytellers we know in terms of his own work. Our advice: get a copy of the book right away, watch for readings, and travel far and wide to be there. Well worth the effort.

The other genres of the award this year are: Young People's Literature, Judy Blundell, for What I Saw and How I Lied; Nonfiction, Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family; and Fiction, Peter Matthiessen, Shadow Country. Kudos to all.

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