NEW YORK — Susan Sontag won the National Book Award for fiction last Wednesday night at a lavish $1,000-a-plate dinner hosted by Steve Martin in Times Square. Her fourth novel, "In America" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), tells the story of a Polish actress who comes to America to begin a utopian community.
Other winners included:
Nonfiction: Nathaniel Philbrick, "In the Heart of the Sea" (Viking Penguin).
Poetry: Lucille Clifton, "Blessing the Boats" (BOA Editions).
Young Adult: Gloria Whelan, "Homeless Bird" (HarperCollins).
Science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury accepted a special lifetime achievement award from the Book Foundation, which raises money for literacy and writing programs.
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