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NEW YORK, PARIS, 16 NOVEMBER 2007 —The National Book Foundation announced the 2007 winners of its prestigious National Book Awards on 14 November during a black-tie ceremony at Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The winning authors are:

Fiction: Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Nonfiction: Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)

Poetry: Robert Hass, Time and Materials, (Ecco: HarperCollins)

Young People’s Literature: Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown & Company)

Meanwhile, in Paris, the winning authors of France's most coveted Prix Littéraires (literary awards) 2007 were also announced. The prizes and winners are:

Prix Goncourt (5 November): Gilles Leroy for Alabama Song (Mercure de France) 

Prix Renaudot  (5 November): Daniel Pennac for Chagrin d'école (Gallimard)

Prix Femina (12 November): Eric Fottorino for Baisers de cinéma (Gallimard)
Prix Interallié (13 November): Christophe Ono-dit-Biot for Birmane (Plon)

Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Française 2007 (25 October):  Vassilis Alexakis for his novel Ap. J.-C (Stock)

Prix Médicis (12 November): Jean Hatzfeld for La stratégie des antilopes (Seuil)

The Deutscher Buchpreis (German Book Prize) 2007  was awarded at the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair (8 October) to the 37-year-old East German writer Julia Franck for her novel Die Mittagsfrau.

Nobel Prize in Literature 2007: Doris Lessing, the 87-year-old British writer, was named the 2007 Nobel Laureate in Literature by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on 11 October.

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