Awards Mania: National Book Award Finalists

October 12, 2005 | 15 books mentioned 2 min read

The Booker was awarded Monday, the Nobel Prize will be awarded tomorrow, and today this year’s National Book Award finalists were announced (by John Grisham, no less). Last year the National Book Foundation was vehemently criticized by some and defended by others for nominating five relatively unknown women from New York in the fiction category, but there will likely be less controversy this year as big name (and past winner for World’s Fair in 1986) E.L. Doctorow leads the list. As the Amazon rankings at the time of the announcement indicate, the Mary Gaitskill doesn’t exactly qualify as obscure either. Though not a commercial superstar, another notable nominee is William T. Vollmann. The complete list of nominees in all categories follows:

Fiction

  • E.L. Doctorow, The March (Random House) (rank: 17)
  • Mary Gaitskill, Veronica (Pantheon) (rank: 786)
  • Christopher Sorrentino, Trance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) (rank: 45,062)
  • Rene Steinke, Holy Skirts (William Morrow) (rank: 423,858)
  • William T. Vollmann, Europe Central (Viking) (rank: 51,709)

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Nonfiction

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Poetry

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Young People’s Literature

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