Booklicious: 2009 National Book Awards

November 19, 2009


The National Book Foundation held its 60th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony last night, naming winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature. The NBF presented Gore Vidal with its Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters ("If I had a speech, I would be giving it," he remarked) and bestowed Dave Eggars with the Literarian Award.

193 publishers submitted 1,129 books for the 2009 Awards. List of winners and finalists after the jump.

FICTION [236 submissions] 
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Random House)
American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Wayne State University Press)
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips (Alfred A. Knopf) 
Far North by Marcel Theroux (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 

NONFICTION [481 submissions]
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)
Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook by David M. Carroll (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 
Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species by Sean B. Carroll (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)
The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy by Adrienne Mayor (Princeton University Press)

POETRY [161 submissions]
Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy by Keith Waldrop (University of California Press)
Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)
Or to Begin Again by Ann Lauterbach (Penguin Press)
Speak Low by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Open Interval by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (Henry Holt)
Stitches by David Small (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)


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