The National Book Award Finalists Announced


The National Book Award finalists have been announced, and we were happy to see that several Flavorpill favorites have been honored in the fiction category.

Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite Marcel Theroux, Far North

Flavorpill scribe Elizabeth Williamson interviewed Phillips about the birth of Lark and Termite back in January of this year. Check it out here, and click through for the nominees in non-fiction and poetry.

Nonfiction David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Which we wrote about here.) Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Poetry Rae Armantrout, Versed Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again Carl Phillips, Speak Low Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy

Winners will be announced at the 60th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday, November 18, where Gore Vidal will be honored for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and Dave Eggers will receive the Literarian Award.