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Two National Book Award finalists set for Miami Book Fair International appearances

October 14, 2009
Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips

Two of the finalists for the National Book Award, announced today, are set for appearances at at Miami Book Fair International (Nov. 8-15): Novelist Jayne Anne Phillips and graphic novelist David Small.

Phillips leads the fiction category with her widely praised Korean War-era family drama, Lark and Termite. Small’s graphic novel Stitches, a memoir of losing his voice after an operation at age 14, is nominated in the young people’s literature category.

The fiction category includes one of my own favorite books of the year, Daniyal Mueenudddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (Norton), a linked collection of short stories about life in Pakistan.

Winners will be announced Nov. 18. Here are the nominees:

Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)
Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)
Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)
Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)
T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Knopf)

Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)
Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin)
Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)

Young People’s Literature
Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Holt)
Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
David Small, Stitches (Norton)
Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rachel permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:28 pm

    Look at you go Miami Book Fair getting all the big writers.

    And look at you go Chauncey Mabe, two posts in one day.

    I, too, greatly enjoyed “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.” I found it very interesting, and very sad and all together (very) wonderful. I’m glad that it is getting some recognition.

    I was a little upset to see that Dave Eggers was honored with the “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.” After all, this is the man who is ruining “Where The Wild Things Are” and helped write one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen: “Away We Go.”

  2. Lizz permalink
    October 15, 2009 9:58 am

    Rachel, have you read any of Eggers’ books? If not, I recommend it. I must say that We Shall Know Our Velocity! was an interesting book that had a post-modern voice and frankness about it that kept me interested despite its sometimes non sequitur feel. Not to mention that Eggers has written other renowned novels and has a great website devoted to literature of all sorts.
    To me, this is grounds for “outstanding service” despite his stupidity with ruining “where the Wild Things Are” 🙂

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