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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Katherine Boo took the top nonfiction award for her first book, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity," which sheds light on the lives of India's poor as well as government corruption.
Author Louise Erdich won the National Book Award for fiction for her moving novel, "The Round House," about a woman raped in a Native American community.
David Ferry's "Bewilderment" won for poetry and William Alexander's "Goblin Secrets" won the young people's literature award.
The National Book Foundation, which administers the awards, nominated five writers in each of four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature.
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