National Book Award 2006 Finalists

Posted: October 12, 2006 in Literary Events

From ShelfAwareness:

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, co-founder of City Lights Books, San Francisco, announced the finalists of the National Book Awards yesterday at his store; the winners will be named and honored in New York City on November 15. Each winner receives $10,000 and a statue; each finalist receives $1,000 and a medal.


The NBA finalists:


Mark Z. Danielewski for Only Revolutions (Pantheon)
Ken Kalfus for A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Richard Powers for The Echo Maker (FSG)
Dana Spiotta for Eat the Document (Scribner/S&S)
Jess Walter for The Zero (Judith Regan Books/HarperCollins)


Taylor Branch for At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 (S&S)
Rajiv Chandrasekaran for Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone (Knopf)
Timothy Egan for The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (Houghton Mifflin)
Peter Hessler for Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present (HarperCollins)
Lawrence Wright for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf)


Louise Glück for Averno (FSG)
H.L. Hix for Chromatic (Etruscan Press)
Ben Lerner for Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press)
Nathaniel Mackey for Splay Anthem (New Directions)
James McMichael for Capacity (FSG)

Young People’s Literature

M.T. Anderson for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party (Candlewick Press)
Martine Leavitt for Keturah and Lord Death (Front Street Books/Boyds Mills Press)
Patricia McCormick for Sold (Hyperion Books for Children)
Nancy Werlin for The Rules of Survival (Dial/Penguin)
Gene Luen Yang for American Born Chinese (First Second/Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck)


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