National Book Award Finalists 2009

The National Book Awards present the best in four genres of published works: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. They recognize the best in literature, from both emerging and established writers.

The National Book Awards finalists were announced on October 14th, 2009 and are as follows:

For 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

For Non-Fiction:
Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook, by David M. Carroll
Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of the 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

In addition, there are finalists in Poetry and Young People’s Literature categories. A special award to acknowledge a distinguished contribution to American Letters will name Gore Vidal as its recipient. A Literarian award will go to Dave Eggers. The winners in each of the categories will be announced at the 60th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner on November 18th, 2009.

-The Reference Librarians

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