First up, a story that broke earlier this week: author Colum McCann won the prestigious National Book Award for fiction for his novel, "Let The Great World Spin." Read more about his award, other winners, as well as Gore Vidal's speech in accepting the award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by clicking on the "Full Article" link below.
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Colum McCann won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for “Let the Great World Spin,” a novel featuring a sprawling cast of characters in 1970s New York City whose lives are ineluctably touched by the mysterious tightrope walker who traverses a wire suspended between the Twin Towers one morning.
In accepting the award, the Irish-born Mr. McCann, now a teacher of creative writing at Hunter College, said, “As fiction writers and people who believe in the word, we have to enter the anonymous corners of human experience to make that little corner right.”