2005 National Book Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 56th Annual National Book Awards were presented November 16, 2005, in New York City.

Fiction: Europe Central, William T. Vollmann, (Viking)
Nonfiction: The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion, (Knopf)
Poetry: Migration: New and Selected Poems, W. S. Merwin, (Copper Canyon Press)
Young People's Literature: The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall, (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature: Norman Mailer
Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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