Last night, The National Book Award for fiction for 2009 went to scribe Colum McCann for his book "Let the Great World Spin."
Set in New York in 1974, the book centers on French tightrope walker Philippe Petit who walked between the Twin Towers, creating a massive publicity stunt.
The author examined life in the Big Apple using Petit's stunt as a backdrop.
Considered to be one of literature's most prestigious honors, it certainly will catapult the Irish author (who lives in New York) to instant prominence.
McCann refers to the book an act of hope written in part as a response to the attacks on 9-11. Accepting the prize, the author praised the generosity of American fiction and its audience. He dedicated the win to a fellow Irish-American writer Frank McCourt.
In addition, legendary author Gore Vidal picked up an award for Lifetime achievement.