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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:34 pm
National Book Award Finalists Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Man, where did the year go? Awards season is gearing up again. The National Book Award finalists were announced today:

Fiction

American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Lark and Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips

Far North, by Marcel Theroux

Nonfiction

Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook, by David M. Carroll

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species, by Sean B. Carroll

Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City,¬†by Greg Grandin

The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy, by Adrienne Mayor

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, by T. J. Stiles

Poetry

Versed, by Rae Armantrout

Or to Begin Again, by Ann Lauterbach

Speak Low, by Carl Phillips

Open Interval, by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy, by Keith Waldrop

Young People’s Literature

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, by Deborah Heiligman

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose

Stitches, by David Small

Jumped, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Lips Touch: Three Times, by Laini Taylor

Winners will be announced on November 18.

2 Responses to “National Book Award Finalists Announced”
  1. bindiji Says:

    why no clickable for Mayor’s book?

  2. Keir Says:

    We didn’t review it. Sometimes we miss something–and sometimes we disagree even with awards committees. (But, given that we reviewed 7,400 books out of the 60,000 we received last year, you can’t say we’re not trying!) For more on our selection criteria, click the “Get Reviewed” button, below.


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