Wednesday’s National Book Award ceremony in New York is the Academy Awards of American publishing — literary history in the making. The country’s finest writers, along with their editors and publicists, gather for a black-tie dinner ($12,000 per table), hosted this year by John Lithgow. Everyone wants to see which four authors will take home the $10,000 prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature and Poetry. Depending on how the judges rule, some well-known authors will cement their reputations — or some obscure ones will suddenly become best-sellers.
Jeff Turrentine is at the ceremony covering the event for The Post. You can read his live Twitter feed @BookWorld here: