COURTESY TULANE UNIVERSITY
Jesmyn Ward, the Mississippi-born author and Tulane University creative writing professor, has received the National Book Award
in fiction for her recent novel Sing, Unburied, Sing
The award was announced at a ceremony in New York Nov. 15. Ward's book was selected from 394 publisher-generated nominees in the fiction category. It's her second National Book Award, which is one of the most prestigious prizes in American letters.
Ward joins William Faulkner, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, John Cheever and William Gaddis as a two-time winner in the fiction category. She is the first woman to win the fiction prize twice.
Other honorees at the ceremony included Masha Gessen, who won the nonfiction prize for The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
, and the poet Frank Bidart for Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016