Monday, October 19, 2009

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Award finalists were recently announced. The finalists are:


Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf) Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
FICTION JUDGES: Alan Cheuse, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, Lydia Millet

David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)
NONFICTION JUDGES: David Blight, Amanda Foreman, Steve Olson, Camille Paglia, John Phillip Santos

Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Penguin Books)Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)
POETRY JUDGES: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A. Van Jordan, Cole Swensen, Kevin Young

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt) Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.) Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic) Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE JUDGES: Kathi Appelt, Coe Booth, Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, Gene Luen Yang
Gore Vidal
Dave Eggers
STATS - In 2009, 193 publishers submitted 1,129 books for the 2009 National Book Awards.
The total number of books by genre:
Fiction, 236
Nonfiction, 481
Poetry, 161
Young People's Lit., 251
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