Writer and TV writer Charles Yu won the National Book Award For Wednesday night’s novel for his novel “Chinatown Interior”, which boasts of print genre and racism in Hollywood.
The novel, published in January by Pantheon Books, follows the Asian filmmaker stuck in the basic role of “Generic Asian Man” or “Delivery Guy” with multiple strings, while wishing the day would become “Kung Fu Guy.”
within Absolutely–Opening Ceremony, 2020 The jury praised the book, which was made into a film, as an innovative work.
“By turning the heart fun and flat, ‘Charles Yu’s inner Chinatown is bright, bold, the novelty of the novel,'” the judge said.
When she accepted the award on camera, Yu was surprised, seeing with disbelief. “I do not feel anything in my body right now, I do not prepare anything, which tells you what I think it really is,” he said.
“I’m probably just stopping the conversation right now,” he said. “I’m going to muddy this time.”
Yu’s recent work includes the science fiction novel “How to Live Safely in Science Fiction” and a compilation of two short stories. He also wrote for television, specifically for the HBO show “Westworld.”
Charles Yu, author of “Chinatown Interior” Credits: Rozette Rago / The New York Times / Redux
Yu’s victory met with acclaim within the literary community as well as the American and Southeast Asian communities, with outstanding figures congratulating him on the award.
Founded in 1950, the National Book Award is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the United States. Past recipients include William Faulkner, Alice Walker, Philip Roth and Adrienne Rich.
In addition to Yu, the finalists for the genre include “Let the World Behind”, “Lydia Millet’s Children’s Books,” Children’s Bible Books, “Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,” and “Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart.
In other categories, Les Payne and daughter Tamara Payne of “The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X” won the Unknown Fiction; “DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi” won the Poetry Award; Yu Miri’s “Tokyo Ueno Station”, translated from Japanese by Morgan Giles, won the Translation Prize; And Kacen Callender’s “King and Dragonflies” won the Youth Literature Award.