This afternoon the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 2009 National Book Awards. Find out more on the NBF site, but here are the fiction finalists:
Bonnie Jo Campbell for “American Salvage” from Wayne State University Press
Colum McCann for “Let the Great World Spin from Random House
Daniyal Mueenuddin for “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders” from W.W. Norton & Co.
Jayne Anne Phillips for “Lark and Termite” from Alfred A. Knopf
Marcel Theroux for “Far North” from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The nonfiction finalists are:
David M. Carroll for “Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sean B. Carroll for “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Greg Grandin for “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City” from Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt
Adrienne Mayor for “The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy” from Princeton University Press
T. J. Stiles for “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt” from Alfred A. Knopf
The rest of the nominees follow after the jump…