Finalists for this year’s National Book Award have just been announced. A total of 1,129 books were submitted by 193 publishers. Winners in the four categories (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature) will be announced at the National Book Foundation’s 60th anniversary celebration on November 18th in New York City.
NOMINEES IN THE FICTION CATEGORY:
- 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)
My questions: (1) How many of these titles have you read? (2) Do the various annual book awards influence your reading choices?