By Stephan Lee
Updated November 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST
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The 2012 National Book Award winners were announced tonight during a blacktie gala at Cipriani’s in Lower Manhattan. Winning the big fiction prize was Louise Erdrich for her gut-wrenching novel The Round House, which centers on a grave injustice that rocks a Native American community. In a turn that didn’t surprise us whatsoever, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo won for her stunning work of nonfiction, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. David Ferry and William Alexander also won big in Poetry and Young People’s Literature, respectively. See below for a full list of finalists with winners in bold, and click on links for the EW reviews.

FICTION

Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds

NONFICTION

Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956

Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas

POETRY

David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies

Tim Seibles, Fast Animal

Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic

Susan Wheeler, Meme

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

William Alexander, Goblin Secrets

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach

Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down

Eliot Schrefer, Endangered

Steve Sheinkin; Bomb: The Race to Build―and Steal―the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

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