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Arthur C. Clarke Award 2009 Shortlist Announced

arthur-c-clarke_thumb.jpgThe shortlist for the UK’s Arthur C. Clarke Award 2009 was just announced, giving six writers a shot at the £2,010 prize.

The contest is named after the famed science fiction author Clarke (pictured). The judges picked the books from 41 submissions 17 publishers and imprints. The winner will be revealed on April 28th at the Sci-fi London Film Festival. The shortlist:

Spirit by Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
The City & The City by China Mieville (Macmillan)
Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins)
Far North by Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber)
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

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Recession Advice from NBA Finalists

At last week’s glitzy National Book Awards (NBA) ceremony, the recession seemed far away. These celebrations create the illusion that some authors are beyond the everyday struggles of regular writers.

GalleyCat kept the bad economy front-and-center on the red carpet, quizzing the award-winning authors on their survival tips for aspiring writers. In this two-minute video, we collected the best advice from these NBA finalists: Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of “American Salvage;” YA finalist Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “Jumped;” fiction finalist Marcel Theroux, author of “Far North;” YA finalist Laini Taylor , author of “Lips Touch: Three Times;” poetry finalist Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, author of “Open Interval;” and nonfiction finalist Sean B. Carroll, author of “Remarkable Creatures.”

For more NBA coverage, check out our exclusive videos. We interviewed NBA fiction winner Colum McCann about New York City and grace. We also interviewed NBA nonfiction winner T. J. Stiles about his own struggles as a writer this year. Finally, we quizzed the nominees on Stephenie Meyer‘s bestselling Twilight Saga.

2009 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

nba.jpgThis 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…

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