The National Book Awards were given to writers Louise Erdrich and first-time author Katherine Boo in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively, while William Alexander and David Ferry were awarded the young people's literature and poetry prizes.
The United Nations' envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, visited Beirut today touting a fresh cease-fire for Syria. Damascus said it could support the plan, but said rebel disunity is a key obstacle.
Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, and Katherine Boo all made the cut for final consideration for the award.
Thirteen writers give voice to their experiences in Soviet prison camps.
Even if Obama has not received high marks for his handling of the BP oil spill, it remains but one of many elements that voters consider when asked their views of his job performance.
Military jets were scrambled to escort a Boeing 757 to the ground after a Qatari diplomat was caught smoking a cigarette, reflecting how jittery America still is about suspicious activity on an airplane.