The Twenty National Book Award Finalists Revealed
The invitation-only Awards Ceremony is the culminating event of National Book Awards Week. The celebration begins on November 12 with 5 Under 35, the Foundation’s seventh annual invitation-only celebration of emerging fiction writers selected by National Book Award Winners and Finalists. On November 13, the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference will take place at Brooklyn Public Central Library, with young-adult author Coe Booth as host, giving students the chance to play the role of reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. Also on November 13, the five winners of the Foundation’s fourth Innovations in Reading Prize will gather for a luncheon at The Ford Foundation. That evening, all Finalists will read from their nominated works at the National Book Award Finalists Reading at The New School. The Finalists Reading is open to the public; tickets are $10 and are available through The New School box office by calling 212-229-5488 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attached is the list of the 2012 National Book Award Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. For more information about the Finalists and all National Book Awards Week events, visit www.nationalbook.org or call Sherrie Young at (212) 685-0261.
The National Book Award, the nation’s most prestigious literary prize, has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing. In 1950, William Carlos Williams was the first Winner in Poetry, the following year William Faulkner was honored in Fiction, and so on through the years. Many previous Winners of a National Book Award are now firmly established in the canon of American literature. On November 16, 2011, the Winners of the 62nd National Book Awards were announced: Jesmyn Ward for Fiction, Stephen Greenblatt for Nonfiction, Nikky Finney for Poetry, and Thanhha Lai for Young People’s Literature.