The 2005 National Book Award Winners were announced live at a black tie ceremony and dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, Times Square.
Young People's Literature
Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
W.S. Merwin, Migration: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking (Knopf)
And the coup of the night, Bill the Wildman Vollman wins.
He was the guy with the highest odds. Thank god I always bet on my pals.
William T. Vollmann, Europe Central (Viking)