Finalists unveiled for 2011 National Book Awards

Washington: Organizers for the National Book Awards on Wednesday announced the 20 finalists for 2011`s honours, which are among the most prestigious in US publishing.

Winners in four categories -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people`s literature -- will be announced at a gala event held in New York on November 16 and hosted by actor John Lithgow. Finalists in their respective categories follow:

Fiction:

Andrew Krivak, ‘The Sojourn’

Tea Obreht, ‘The Tiger`s Wife’

Julie Otsuka, ‘The Buddha in the Attic’

Edith Pearlman, ‘Binocular Vision’

Jesmyn Ward, ‘Salvage the Bones’

Non-Fiction :

Deborah Baker, ‘The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism’

Mary Gabriel, ‘Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution’

Stephen Greenblatt, ‘Swerve: How the World Became Modern’

Manning Marable, ‘Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention’

Lauren Redniss, ‘Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout’

Poetry :

Nikky Finney, ‘Head Off & Split’

Yusef Komunyakaa, ‘The Chameleon Couch’

Carl Phillips, ‘Double Shadow’

Adrienne Rich, ‘Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010’

Bruce Smith, ‘Devotions’

Young people`s literature :

Franny Billingsley, ‘Chime’

Debby Dahl Edwardson, ‘My Name Is Not Easy’

Thanhha Lai, ‘Inside Out and Back Again’

Albert Marrin, ‘Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy’

Lauren Myracle, ‘Shine’

Gary D. Schmidt, ‘Okay for Now’

Bureau Report

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