National Book Award nominees announced

The finalists for the 2008 National Book Award were announced Wednesday, October 15. This year’s nominees include a diversity of writers, both new and veteran authors are featured, as well as books published by some of the nation’s largest publishing houses as well as works from smaller independent presses.

On November 19, at a ceremony in New York, the winners will be announced. One winner in each category will receive a bronze sculpture and a $10,000 cash prize.

Non-Fiction Finalists

  • Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
  • Jim Sheeler, Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
  • Joan Wickersham, The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order

Fiction Finalists

  • Marilynne Robinson, Home
  • Peter Matthiessen, Shadow Country
  • Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project
  • Rachel Kushner, Telex From Cuba
  • Salvatore Scibona, The End

Poetry Finalists

  • Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival
  • Mark Doty, Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems
  • Reginald Gibbons, Creatures of a Day
  • Richard Howard, Without Saying
  • Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler

Young People’s Literature Finalists

  • Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains
  • Kathi Appelt, The Underneath
  • Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied
  • E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  • Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

For more information please see the The New York Times article or visit the National Book Foundation’s website.

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