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National Book Award Finalists Announced for 2010

Today the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced the finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards. Novelist Pat Conroy made the official announcement at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, Georgia.

Many were surprised to see Jonathan Franzen‘s critically acclaimed novel Freedom did not make the cut.  In a pleasant fiction surprise, Karen Tei Yamashita‘s I Hotel earned a nomination for  indie publisher, Coffee House Press.

The LA Times broke the news this morning. We’ve updated our original post with the NBF’s official list. Follow this link for more details.

Fiction
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)

Nonfiction
Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group)
John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq (W.W. Norton & Co./The New Press)
Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War (Doubleday)
Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Poetry
Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press)
Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Viking Penguin)
James Richardson, By the Numbers (Copper Canyon Press)
C.D. Wright, One with Others (Copper Canyon Press)
Monica Youn, Ignatz (Four Way Books)

Young People’s Literature

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.)
Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)
Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf)
Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

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