Eggers, Baraka among American Book Award winners

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NEW YORK (AP) - Dave Eggers and Amiri Baraka are among the winners of the 31st annual American Book Awards, given for literary works that cover “the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.”

Eggers was cited for “Zeitoun,” a novel set in post-Katrina New Orleans, and Baraka for “Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music.”

More than a dozen winners were announced Thursday, including Sesshu Foster’s “World Ball Notebook” and Victor Lavelle’s “The Big Machine.”

The awards were established in part by author-poet-playwright Ishmael Reed. There is no cash prize.

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