The National Book Awards are the nation's preeminent literary prizes, honoring outstanding Fiction, Young People's Literature, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Mary Szybist took the 2013 poetry award for Incarnadine.
Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) was one of Ireland's greatest writers -- no mean feat in the country that gave us Yeats, Joyce, and Swift. Cloaked in rustic colors and classic forms, his poetry was deeply moral and instantly approachable, meditative and arriving with a rush of epiphany. Sample some of his most famous books.