National Book Award Finalists Announced
The Winner in each category – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature – will be announced in New York City on Wednesday, November 18. Giving the Fiction list an international flavor, Finalists include Daniyal Mueenuddin, who splits his time between the United States and Pakistan; the Irish-born writer Colum McCann; and Marcel Theroux, who was born in Uganda, lives in London, and is the son of 1981 and 1983 National Book Award Finalist Paul Theroux. This is the third nomination for poet Carl Phillips, a Finalist in 1998 and 2004, the second for poet Keith Waldrop, a Finalist in 1969, and the second for Young People’s Literature author Phillip Hoose, a Finalist in 2001. The nonfiction list includes biographies of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Mithradates and two books on the natural environment. For its Young People's Literature list, the judges broke with fiction’s recent dominance by selecting two nonfiction books.
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