Despite the much-rumored death of the printed word at the hands of the Internet, last night's National Book Award winners voiced hope about the future of books. Among the winners were Maine's own Phil Hoose, who won the prize for young person's literature for his book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, about a black teenager who refused to give up her seat on a bus a year before Rosa Parks did the same.
"It seems to me that American
literature is able to embrace, and American publishing is able to
embrace, the other...As fiction writers and as people who believe in the
word, we have to enter the anonymous corners of the human experience
and to make that little corner right." – Colum McCann, who won the NBA for fiction for his novel Let the Great World Spin.