The National Book Award Finalist were announced on October 12th in Portland, Oregon.  The twenty Finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s morning radio program, Think Out Loud, in front of a live audience at the new Literary Arts Center in Portland.

Each of the four categories are judged by well-regarded writers in the field. Finalists are awarded $1,000 and a medal; winners, announced in November, receive a $10,000 prize and a bronze sculpture.

Congratulations to queer poets Carl Phillips, Nikky Finney and Adrienne Rich!

Fiction
“The Soujourn” by Andrew Krivak
“The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht
“The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka
“Binocular Vision” by Edith Perlman
“Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward

Non Fiction
“The Convert” by Deborah Baker
“Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution” by Mary Gabriel
“The Swerve: How The World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt
“Malcolm X” by Manning Marable
“Radioactive” by Lauren Redniss

Poetry
“Head Off & Split” by Nikky Finney
“The Chameleon Couch” by Yusef Komunyakaa
“Double Shadow” by Carl Phillips
“Tonight No Poetry Will Serve” by Adrienne Rich
“Devotions” by Bruce Smith

Young People’s Literature
“My Name is Not Easy” by Debbie Dahl Edwardson
“Inside out and back again” by Thanhha Lai
Flesh and Blood So Cheap” by Albert Marrin
Chime” by Franny Billingsley
“OK For Now” by Gary D Schmidt

[via Huffpo]


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