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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Book Award Finalists Announced

Author Scott Turow announced this year’s National Book Award finalists in Chicago earlier today. The finalists include two previous NBA winners and three debut novelists. Three small press authors are among the nominees. The winners will be announced on November 19 at a ceremony in New York City hosted by Eric Bogosian. Maxine Hong Kingston and Barney Rosset will receive lifetime achievement awards. A video of the announcement is available for viewing at

Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project (Riverhead)
Rachel Kushner, Telex from Cuba (Scribner)
Peter Matthiessen, Shadow Country (Modern Library)
Marilynne Robinson, Home (FSG)
Salvatore Scibona, The End (Graywolf)
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Knopf)
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Norton)
Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday)
Jim Sheeler, Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives (Penguin)
Joan Wickersham, The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order (Harcourt)

Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival (FSG)
Mark Doty, Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems (HarperCollins)
Reginald Gibbons, Creatures of a Day (Louisiana State Univ.)
Richard Howard, Without Saying (Turtle Point Press)
Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press)
(Young Adult finalists are also available on the NBA site).

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