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November 17, 2012

2012’s National Book Award winners: A guide

This year’s honorees include writers who explored real life in India’s slums, fantastical tales of goblin theatrical troupes, and more.

The 2012 National Book Awards have been announced, offering an impressively varied mix of writers at both the beginning and the end of their careers. This year, judges considered more than 1,300 books before deciding which four writers — in fiction, nonfiction, young people’s literature, and poetry — would earn a $10,000 prize (and the commensurate boost in reputation and sales). Here’s what you should know about this year’s National Book Award winners:

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