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Eggers, Baraka win American Book Award

New York: 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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