Media Monday


2011 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The twenty Finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s morning radio program, Think Out Loud, in front of a live audience at the new Literary Arts Center in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, October 12. The announcement was also streamed live on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s website, http://www.opb.org/nationalbookawards. Past NBA Winners, Finalists, and Judges announced this year’s Finalists by category:

Virginia Euwer Wolff, National Book Award Winner in 2001, will announce the Young People’s Literature Finalists.
Vern Rutsala, National Book Award Finalist in 2005, will announce the Poetry Finalists.
Sallie Tisdale, National Book Award Judge in 2010, will announce the Nonfiction Finalists.
Charles Johnson, National Book Award Winner in 1990 and Judge in 1999 and 2009, will announce the Fiction Finalists

On November 15, there will be a National Book Award Finalists reading. On November 16, there will be the National Book Awards Dinner and Ceremony to announce the winners. To keep up to date, follow the National Book Foundation on their twitter.

These are a fantastic selection of finalists. I have had a chance to read some of them, and if that says anything, there is some tough competition out there. I’m looking forward to reading a few more. Have you read any of these books, yet?

See the finalists, after the jump.

FICTION

The Sojourn The Tiger's Wife The Buddha in the Attic Binocular Vision Salvage the Bones

Fiction Judges: Deirdre McNamer (Panel Chair), Jerome Charyn, John Crowley, Victor LaValle, Yiyun Li

NONFICTION

The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie

  • Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism | Graywolf Press
  • Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution | Little, Brown and Company
  • Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern | W. W. Norton & Company
  • Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention | Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA
  • Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout | It Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Nonfiction Judges: Alice Kaplan (Panel Chair), Yunte Huang, Jill Lepore, Barbara Savage

POETRY

Head Off and Split The Chameleon Couch Double Shadow Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems, 2007-2010 Devotions

  • Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press
  • Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Carl Phillips, Double Shadow Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 W.W. Norton & Company
  • Bruce Smith, Devotions University of Chicago Press

Poetry Judges: Elizabeth Alexander (Panel Chair), Thomas Sayers Ellis,
Amy Gerstler, Kathleen Graber, Roberto Tejada

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

Chime My Name Is Not Easy Inside Out and Back Again Flesh and Blood So Cheap: the Triangle Fire and Its Legacy Okay for Now

  • Franny Billingsley, Chime Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc.
  • Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy Marshall Cavendish
  • Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
  • Albert Marrin, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
  • Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Young People’s Literature Judges: Marc Aronson (Panel Chair), Ann Brashares, Matt de la Peña, Nikki Grimes, Will Weaver

One thought on “Media Monday

  1. Thanks for pulling this together! Nice to see all the nominees and all the pretty book covers in one place. I’ve only read Chime, but it’s one of my favorites of the year. I also want to read The Tiger’s Wife sometime.

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