National Book Awards Finalists Unveiled!

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on October 13, 2010

I’m pretty excited. The National Book Awards have announced their finalists and I’m head over heels. I love book awards. They are like the Idiot’s Guide to Choosing Which Book to Read Next.

The National Book Award’s 2010 Finalists in Fiction (because that is all I care about)

  • Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey
  • Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon
  • Great House, by Nicole Krauss
  • So Much for That, by Lionel Shriver
  • I Hotel, by Karen Tei Yamashita

In case you don’t know why the National Book Award is so great, or you’re really more of a “Booker Prize reader,” let’s just keep in mind what kind of books have won in the past:

  • Julia Glass’ Three Junes in 2002
  • Cormic McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses in 1992
  • Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain in 1997
  • that nutty Don DeLillo’s White Noice in 1985

The National Book Award works to “celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhacne the cultural value of good writing in America.” All worthy causes.

The Other Category’s Nominees


  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick
  • Cultures of War: Peral Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq, by John W. Dower
  • Just Kids, by Patti Smith
  • Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, by Justin Spring
  • Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War, by Megan K. Stack
  • Poetry

    • The Eternal City, by Kathleen Graber
    • Lighthead, by Terrance Hayes
    • By the Numbers, by James Richardson
    • One with Others, by C.D. Wright
    • Ignatz, by Monica Youn

    The winners for all categories will be announced on November 14. Who are you rooting for?

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