National Book Awards add translation category

January 31, 2018 - 6:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Starting this fall, works in translation will get a spotlight at the National Book Awards.

The National Book Foundation announced Wednesday that it has started a category for best translated literature, awarding a work of fiction or nonfiction translated into English and released in the U.S. The new prize should provide a boost for authors from overseas who have struggled to catch on in the U.S.

The National Book Awards for decades had four competitive categories: fiction, nonfiction, young people's literature and poetry. The foundation also gives out two honorary prizes at the annual November ceremony.

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