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National Book Award Finalists

19 Oct

It’s that time of year again- Here are the 2012 Finalists…

 

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The judges have their work cut out for them … as has always been the case, the books that  have made it to this stage are the cream of the crop – take a look at the finalists….

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FICTION

Fiction Finalists

FINALISTS:

Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)

Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King (McSweeney’s Books)

Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (Little, Brown and Company)

POETRY

2012 NBA Poetry Finalists

FINALISTS:

David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)

Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press)

Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press)

Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Susan Wheeler, Meme (University of Iowa Press)

NONFICTION

2012 NBA Nonfiction Finalists

FINALISTS:

Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 (Doubleday)

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)

Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (Knopf)

Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas (Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press)

Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

2012 NBA YPL  Finalists

FINALISTS:

William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (Scholastic)

Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

StarNew York (September 19, 2012) – The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will present its 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Elmore Leonard in recognition of his outstanding achievement in fiction writing. For over five decades, Leonard’s westerns, crime novels, serialized novels, and stories have enthralled generations of readers. Author Martin Amis will Save the Date for the 2012 NBA Dinner and Ceremonypresent the Medal to Leonard at the 63rd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner at Cipriani, Wall Street, in New York City on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Television and radio host, political and pop culture commentator, journalist, and actor Faith Salie will host the event.

Today’s announcement coincides with the announcement by The Library of America that it will publish a three-volume edition of Leonard’s crime novels in its esteemed series beginning in fall 2014.  National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum said of the selection, “For a half-century, Elmore Leonard has produced vibrant literary work with an inimitable writing style. We are particularly pleased that as we at the National Book Foundation recognize his achievement, the Library of America—which publishes, and keeps permanently in print, authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing—has announced that Leonard will join other great American authors in its literary pantheon.”

Also on that evening, the National Book Foundation will bestow its 2012 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community on Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and publisher of The New York Times, for his continuing efforts through the New York Times Book Review and online book coverage to ensure an ongoing conversation about books in American culture. While re-thinking and implementing innovative print and online initiatives at the Times, Sulzberger and the Times staff have shown their devotion to the coverage of books, whether by profiling authors and their work or reporting on literary culture as a whole. “It’s hard to overstate the impact of The New York Times on the discussion about books in America,” Augenbraum said. For well over a century, The New York Times has been central to America’s book culture.”

Leonard is the twenty-fifth recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, which was created in 1988 to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement. Previous recipients include John Ashbery, Toni Morrison, John Updike, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gore Vidal, and Tom Wolfe. This year’s ceremony marks the eighth year that the Foundation has presented the Literarian Award, which was established in 2005 to recognize an individual whose work has enhanced the literary world during a lifetime of service. Previous recipients include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein, Terry Gross, Barney Rosset, Dave Eggers, Joan Ganz Cooney, and Mitchell Kaplan.

Nominations for these awards are made by former National Book Award Winners, Finalists, and Judges, as well as other writers and literary professionals from around the country. Final selections are made by the National Book Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The twenty Finalists for the National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature were announced on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.


63rd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner
Faith Salie

Faith Salie –

 Host

Faith Salie is a television and national public radio host, political and pop culture commentator, interviewer, “ethics expert,” journalist, and actor, as well as a Rhodes Scholar, who’s been a standup comedian. She’s written for Oprah.com, Slate.com, and CNN.com and The Huffington Post. She was the host and co-executive producer of the national public radio show “Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie,”and is the co-host of a new public radio podcast, “Relations Show,” a slightly nerdy look at love, sex, and relationships.
faithsalie.com



TAKE A LOOK BACK AT PREVIOUS WINNERS

1980 pb[n 1]
John Irving
The World According to Garp

1981 hard
Wright Morris
Plains Song: For Female Voices

1981 pb[n 1]
John Cheever
The Stories of John Cheever

1982 hard
John Updike
Rabbit is Rich

1982 pb[n 1]
William Maxwell
So Long, See You Tomorrow

1983 hard
Alice Walker
The Color Purple

1983 pb[n 1]
Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

1984
Ellen Gilchrist
Victory Over Japan: A Book of Stories

1985
Don DeLillo
White Noise

1986
E.L. Doctorow
World’s Fair

1987
Larry Heinemann
Paco’s Story

1988
Pete Dexter
Paris Trout

1989
John Casey
Spartina

1990
Charles Johnson
Middle Passage

1991
Norman Rush
Mating

1992
Cormac McCarthy
All the Pretty Horses

1993
E. Annie Proulx
The Shipping News

1994
William Gaddis
A Frolic of His Own

1995
Philip Roth
Sabbath’s Theater

1996
Andrea Barrett
Ship Fever and Other Stories

1997
Charles Frazier
Cold Mountain

1998
Alice McDermott
Charming Billy

1999
Ha Jin
Waiting

2000
Susan Sontag
In America

2001
Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections

2002
Julia Glass
Three Junes

2003
Shirley Hazzard
The Great Fire

2004
Lily Tuck
The News from Paraguay

2005
William T. Vollmann
Europe Central

2006
Richard Powers
The Echo Maker

2007
Denis Johnson
Tree of Smoke

2008
Peter Matthiessen
Shadow Country

2009
Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin

2010
Jaimy Gordon
Lord of Misrule

2011
Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones

NONFICTION TITLES –

1950
Ralph L. Rusk
The Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson (biog. Ralph Waldo Emerson)

1951
Newton Arvin
Herman Melville (biog. Herman Melville)

1952
Rachel Carson
The Sea Around Us

1953
Bernard A. DeVoto
The Course of Empire

1954
Bruce Catton
A Stillness at Appomattox (third of 3 vols)

1955
Joseph Wood Krutch
The Measure of Man

1956
Herbert Kubly
An American in Italy

1957
George F. Kennan
Russia Leaves the War

1958
Catherine Drinker Bowen
The Lion and the Throne (see Edward Coke)

1959
J. Christopher Herold
Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël (biog. Madame de Staël)

1960
Richard Ellmann
James Joyce (biog. James Joyce)

1961
William L. Shirer
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

1962
Lewis Mumford
The City in History: Its Origins, its Transformations and its Prospects

1963
Leon Edel
Henry James, volumes II and III (biog. Henry James)

1964
to
1983
For two decades beginning 1964 there were multiple nonfiction categories, initially Arts and Letters; History and Biography; and Science, Philosophy and Religion. See also Contemporary and General Nonfiction.

1984
Robert V. Remini
Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845

1985
J. Anthony Lukas
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families

1986
Barry Lopez
Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape

1987
Richard Rhodes
The Making of the Atomic Bomb

1988
Neil Sheehan
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

1989
Thomas L. Friedman
From Beirut to Jerusalem

1990
Ron Chernow
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

1991
Orlando Patterson
Freedom, Vol. 1: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture

1992
Paul Monette
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

1993
Gore Vidal
United States: Essays 1952-1992

1994
Sherwin B. Nuland
How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter

1995
Tina Rosenberg
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism

1996
James P. Carroll
An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us

1997
Joseph J. Ellis
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

1998
Edward Ball
Slaves in the Family

1999
John W. Dower
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

2000
Nathaniel Philbrick
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

2001
Andrew Solomon
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

2002
Robert A. Caro
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

2003
Carlos Eire
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

2004
Kevin Boyle
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

2005
Joan Didion

2005

The Year of Magical Thinking

2006
Timothy Egan
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

2007
Tim Weiner
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

2008
Annette Gordon-Reed
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

2009
T.J. Stiles
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

2010
Patti Smith
Just Kids (memoir)

2011
Stephen Greenblatt
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

 



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