Adam Johnson’s novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2013. And now, two years later, he has won the National Book Award for Fiction with his collection of short stories, “Fortune Smiles.” The six stories are dark but sometimes humorous and empathetic, ranging from to Louisiana to Germany to North Korea.
Johnson’s book, while critically acclaimed (the New York Times review said it should be savored “like very good and very bitter chocolate”), was arguably a surprise winner on Wednesday night, with Lauren Groff’s “Fates and Furies” and Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life” the books that had all of the season’s buzz.
This is the second year in a row that a collection of short stories has won the National Book Award. Last year, debut author Phil Klay won for “Redeployment.”
The nonfiction winner was Ta-Nehisi Coates for “Between the World and Me,” a timely and powerful letter to his teenage son about the dangers and rage of being black in America. The poetry award went to Robin Coste Lewis for her debut collection, “Voyage of the Sable Venus,” and the award for young people’s literature went to Neal Shusterman for “Challenger Deep,” which was inspired by his own son’s struggles with mental illness. Winners of the National Book Award receive $10,000.
Gets fitness tips from Misty Copeland
Dancer Misty Copeland is working on a health-and-fitness book. Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, aid that Copeland’s “Ballerina Body” is scheduled for 2017. Copeland, the first black woman to become the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer, is a member of President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Copeland said she wanted to show “all athletes have to take care of themselves from the inside out.” Her previous books include the memoir “Life in Motion” and the picture book “Firebird.”
suing: An adult film actress is suing Josh Duggar, claiming the reality TV star assaulted her on two occasions when consensual sex turned rough. Ashley Stamm-Northup, known as Danica Dillon in movies, is seeking $500,000 in damages from the former star of TLC’s now-canceled “19 Kids and Counting” reality show.
the return of hook: The original Captain Hook is coming back to “Finding Neverland” on Broadway. Producers said Kelsey Grammer will rejoin “Glee” star Matthew Morrison in the new musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for seven weeks beginning Jan. 19.