Blog: Finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards

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The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards. The judges selected twenty books from a field of nearly 1300 submitted by American publishers for American authors. Each finalist will receive $1000, a medal, and a citation.

The winners will be announced at the 63rd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York City on Wednesday, November 14. Each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.

Fiction

Judges: Stacey D’Erasmo, Dinaw Mengestu, Lorrie Moore, Janet Peery

  • Book:This Is How You Lose Her
  • Book:A Hologram for the King
  • Book:The Round House
  • Book:Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Book:The Yellow Birds

Nonfiction

Judges: Brad Gooch, Linda Gordon, Woody Holton, Susan Orlean, Judith Shulevitz

  • Book:Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe
  • Book:Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • Book:The Passage of Power
  • Book:The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir
  • Book:House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East

Poetry

Judges: Laura Kasischke, Dana Levin, Maurice Manning, Patrick Rosal, Tracy K. Smith

  • Book:Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
  • Book:Heavenly Bodies: Poems
  • Book:Fast Animal
  • Book:Night of the Republic: Poems
  • Book:Meme: Poems

Young People’s Literature

Judges: Susan Cooper, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Gary D. Schmidt, Marly Youmans

  • Book:Goblin Secrets
  • Book:Out of Reach
  • Book:Never Fall Down
  • Book:Endangered (Eliot Schrefer)
  • Book:Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Source: www.NationalBook.org

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