NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Martin, comedian and best-selling novelist, is known as a well-read guy. But as host of the National Book Awards, he sometimes feels a little stumped.
"I was so pleased to see Robert Caro nominated this year because he brings the total number of nominated authors I've actually heard of to two," Martin said Wednesday night, singling out the winner of the nonfiction prize.
Awards judges Wednesday honored both established and emerging authors, citing Caro for "Master of the Senate," the third volume of his Lyndon Johnson biography, and Julia Glass for her debut novel, "Three Junes." None of the other fiction nominees had written more than two works of fiction.
Other prizes went to Nancy Farmer, who won in the young people's literature category for "The House of the Scorpion," and to poet Ruth Stone, who turned 87 this year, for her collection "In the Next Galaxy."
"I think you probably gave it to me because I'm old," Stone said with a laugh.
Caro, 67, has been working on his Johnson series since the mid-1970s and has yet to reach the presidential years, the heart of a planned fourth and final volume.
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