And The Winners Are:

Fiction: Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press), “a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their imprisoning lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality.”

Drama: Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt (Theatre Communications Group), “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.”

History: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (Penguin Press), “a compelling account of how four powerful bankers played crucial roles in triggering the Great Depression and ultimately transforming the United States into the world’s financial leader.”

Biography or Autobiography: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Knopf), “a penetrating portrait of a complex, self-made titan who revolutionized transportation, amassed vast wealth and shaped the economic world in ways still felt today.”

Poetry: Versed by UCSD Professor (!) Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press), “a penetrating portrait of a complex, self-made titan who revolutionized transportation, amassed vast wealth and shaped the economic world in ways still felt today.”

General Nonfiction: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday), “a well documented narrative that examines the terrifying doomsday competition between two superpowers and how weapons of mass destruction still imperil humankind.”

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