This is such an exciting time of year for readers, especially if you’re a reader like me, who loves prize-winners! Congratulations to Mo Yan, who today won the Nobel Prize for Literature. If you’d like to know more, click here.
Congratulations are also due to the finalists for the National Book Award. The list was announced yesterday and the winner will be announced on November 14th.
The finalists for fiction are:
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King
Louise Erdrich, The Round House
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds
The finalists for non-fiction are:
Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4
Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas
Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
As you all know from one of my earlier posts, Katherine Boo’s book is also on the shortlist for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize. The winner of that prize will be announced on November 12th.
And you also already know from one of my earlier posts that the winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced October 16th. Hey! That’s next week!
How exciting is this???