NEH announces $1.7 million in grants for nonfiction books

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Posted: Jul 28, 2015 12:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Prize-winning authors Diane McWhorter and Edward Ball are among 36 recipients of grants from a new government program that supports scholarly nonfiction books, a struggling genre in recent years.

The National Endowment of the Humanities announced Tuesday it was awarding $1.7 million for such projects as McWhorter's study of the post-World War II era in Huntsville, Alabama, and Wendy Lesser's biography of architect Louis Kahn. Grants, most of them around $50,000, also went to Ball for a book on his great-great-grandfather, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and for Philip Dray's history of hunting.

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