The shortlists for all categories will be announced on October 16, with the winners revealed at a gala on November 20. What do you think of the list? Which do you think might be the big winner? Are there any books you feel should have been nominated? Chime in below.
The National Book Foundation continues their rollout of this year's contenders for the National Book Award with the longlist of books in the nonfiction category:
• Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State by T.D. Allman
• Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami by Gretel Ehrlich
• The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA by Scott C. Johnson
• Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
• The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
• The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
• Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout
• Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
Which book are you rooting for?
The news that Lauren Myracle was asked to remove Shine from the list of National Book Award finalists rocked the literary community on Monday. Myracle, who took the high rode with her response to the NBA's ham-handed handling of their monumental error, is starting to make the media rounds—her cover designer at Abrams has posted a terrific rundown of the coverage so far, including today's Vanity Fair Q&A. One of our favorite links to come out of the controversy is this collection of tweets in support of Myracle. More can be found here.
But the NBAs aren't the only awards that have created a stir. When Julian Barnes was given the Booker Prize last night, the spotlight was stolen by a bizarre speech from committee chairman Stella Rimington, who had earlier been lambasted for this year's shortlist selections. It seemed that Rimington, who has written several spy thrillers, was smarting over the insinuation that "books you can zip through," as one judge described the novels on their shortlist, are less worthy of awards.
This crossing of swords between the "readable" and the literary has been given more nuanced treatment by Laura Miller in Salon. Also of interest: a post by NBA judge and novelist Victor LaValle, who rightly points out that the literary and the readable are not separate categories and gives a defense of this year's fiction nominees.