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ERDRICH, BOO EARN NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

The National Book Awards on Wednesday honored both longtime writers and new authors, from Louise Erdrich, right, for The Round House to Katherine Boo for her debut work, Beyond the Beautiful Forevers. Erdrich, 58, has been a published and highly regarded author for nearly 30 years but had never won a National Book Award until being cited Wednesday for her story about an Ojibwe boy and his quest to avenge his mother's rape. Boo's nonfiction book, set in a Mumbai slum, also is a story of a boy and his harsh and illuminating education in the consequences of crime or perceived crime. Poetry winner David Ferry is a year older than one of the night's honorary recipients, Elmore Leonard. Ferry, 88, won for Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, a showcase for his versatile style. The other competitive prize Wednesday went to William Alexander, whose Goblin Secrets won for young people's literature. Winners, chosen by panels of fellow writers, each received $10,000. Judges looked through nearly 1,300 books. - Associated Press

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