Topic: National Book Awards
The 2011 National Book Award winners will be chosen tonight at 8 p.m at a black-tie ceremony in New York hosted by actor and author John Lithgow. This year's nominees were not without controversy, most notably in the Young Adult category, where author Lauren Myracle was first erroneously listed as a nominee for her novel, “Shine” and then was asked to withdraw her nomination. (At Myracle's request, the National Book Foundation made a $5,000 donation to the Mathew Shephard Foundation in exchange.) In the adult fiction category, judges chose to honor some less-publicized books over some of the bigger “event” novels of the year, such as Ann Patchett's “State of Wonder” and Jeffrey Eugenides's “The Marriage Plot.” Here's a look at the five finalists for the fiction prize.
11/16/2011 03:24 pm
For those who browse young adult shelves, the choices may be starting to blur: girl meets supernatural boy, then must choose between two boys. Or – for a little variety – supernatural girl meets human boy, then must choose between two boys. Vampires, fairies, angels – they're all over the young adult section. So, in the spirit of Teen Read Week, here are five gripping young adult titles that manage to keep otherworldly creatures and dramatic love triangles well out of sight.
10/25/2011 11:31 am
Author Lauren Myracle is asked to withdraw by the National Book Foundation after a mistaken announcement.
10/17/2011 04:01 pm
It was apparently a mistake when they announced six titles this year instead of the usual five nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. But then, said Harold Augebraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, "We decided that it was better to add a sixth one as an exception, because they're all good books." Which of these six finalists do you think will win the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature on Nov. 17? UPDATE: One of the six finalists – "Shine" by Lauren Myracle – was removed from the list of 2011 nominees on Oct. 17.
10/13/2011 04:15 pm
The 2011 National Book Award winners will be announced on Nov. 16. Which of these five books will be the winner of the award for non-fiction?
10/12/2011 06:41 pm
The 2011 National Book Award fiction winner will be announced on Nov. 16. Which of these five novels will be the winner?
10/12/2011 06:14 pm
Three teenage rebels live out an era of change in a Swiss boarding school.
09/23/2011 10:51 am
What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.
09/13/2011 03:43 pm
Not yet, says our critic. But while we wait for the standout still to come, here are a few near misses.
09/08/2011 12:15 pm
Patti Smith: The wordsmith of song and story adds ‘screenwriter’ to her credits.
08/24/2011 01:16 pm