National Book Award nominees announced

The National Book Award nominees were announced earlier today, and with the exception of the 9-11 Report I haven’t read a single one of them. Edward Wyatt observes that “the list of finalists is often greeted by a collective ‘Who?,’ as the judges often seem to many to go out of their way to avoid books that have garnered critical acclaim and popular attention.”

The fiction selections (chosen by Rick Moody, Linda Hogan, Randall Kenan, Stewart O’Nan, and Susan Straight) are:

(One discriminating reader recommends Madeleine is Sleeping.)

The nonfiction selections include Stephen Greenblatt‘s Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare and The 9/11 Commission Report.


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