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Powell wins 2016 National Book Award


Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell were presented the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature on Wednesday, November 16th for their graphic memoir on the civil rights movement.

Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell were presented the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature on Wednesday, November 16th for their graphic memoir on the civil rights movement.

“I remember in 1956 when I was sixteen years old, with some of my brothers and sisters and cousins, going down to the public library and trying to get library cards. We were told that libraries were for ‘whites only’ and not for ‘coloreds.’ To come here and receive this award, this honor, is too much,” the congressman said during his acceptance speech, with tears in his eyes.

Powell added: “A challenge to our incoming president, to take this trilogy into your tiny hands and allow your tiny heart to be transformed by it. None of us are alone in this—not even you.”

March: Book Three is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award.

Aydin also commented: “There are two important lessons from this. One, is the story of the movement be told. We all must know it if we are to understand the politics of today. And two, let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.”

InkWell congratulates Powell and his co-authors on winning this historic award and are honored to be working with him—there are many exciting announcements to come!

Nate Powell at the National Book Award After Party
Nate Powell at the National Book Award After Party

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