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Hot off the Presses: 2011 National Book Award Finalists Announced!

National Book Foundation

Approximately one hour ago, the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards were announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s morning radio program, Think Out Loud. The event took place in front of a live audience at the new Literary Arts Center in Portland, Oregon, at approximately 9am Pacific Time. And we’re pleased to announce that some of our favorite fiction titles last year have been selected. Congratulations to:


  • Andrew Krivak for The Sojourn
  • Tea Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife
  • Julie Otsuka for The Buddha in the Attic
  • Edith Pearlman for Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories
  • Jesmyn Ward for Salvage the Bones
  • Salvage the Bones


    We’re proud to have featured work on several of these authors and their books:

  • Read Nico Barry’s interview with Jesmyn Ward: “Getting the South Right
  • Read Andrea Nolen’s review of Edith Perlman’s Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories
  • Read Steven Wingate’s interview with Andrew Krivak: “Coming of Age in a Land Not One’s Own
  • Here are the nominees in the other three categories. Congratulations!


  • Deborah Baker for The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
  • Mary Gabriel for Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
  • Stephen Greenblatt for Swerve
  • Manning Marable for Malcolm X
  • Lauren Redniss for Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
  • Poetry:

  • Nikky Finney for Head Off & Split
  • Yusef Komunyakaa for The Chameleon Couch
  • Carl Phillips for Double Shadow
  • Adrienne Rich for Tonight No Poetry Will Serve
  • Bruce Smith for Devotions
  • Young People’s Literature:

  • Debbie Dahl Edwardson for My Name Is Not Easy
  • Thanhha Lai for Inside Out and Back Again
  • Albert Marrin for Flesh and Blood So Cheap
  • Lauren Myracle for Shine
  • Gary D. Schmidt for Okay for Now

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