Wednesday, October 10, 2007

National Book Award Nominees

Everyone else has already posted this, so sorry if you're bored of it already. This is for the rest of us who are a little slow about the news.

Fiction
Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork (FSG)
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (FSG)
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown)
Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (FSG)
Jim Shepard, Like You'd Understand, Anyway (Knopf)

Nonfiction
Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I'm Dying (Knopf)
Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great (Twelve)
Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (Hill and Wang/FSG)
Arnold Rampersad, Ralph Ellison: A Biography (Knopf)
Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)

Poetry
Linda Gregerson, Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin)
Robert Hass, Time and Materials (Ecco/HarperCollins)
David Kirby, The House on Boulevard St. (Louisiana State University Press)
Stanley Plumly, Old Heart (W.W. Norton)
Ellen Bryant Voigt, Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (W.W. Norton)

Young People's Literature
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown)
Kathleen Duey, Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One (Atheneum)
M. Sindy Felin, Touching Snow (Atheneum)
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic)
Sara Zarr, Story of a Girl (Little, Brown)


I confess I haven't read any of the nominees--not even one. I loved Sherman Alexie's LONE RANGER and I've heard great things about ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY, and Angelle swears by Edwidge Danticat.

Your thoughts? Anything you wish had made it?

1 comment:

Kaytie M. Lee said...

I haven't read any, either, but I own a few (I'm very far behind on my purchased reading).

They look like good lists, though, varied and interesting this year. But then, I've got a very limited perspective.