Wednesday, October 14, 2009

National Book Award Finalists Announced

Today, the finalists for the National Book Award were announced, and one of them excites me a great deal because I've already read and loved it!

The finalists for fiction are: American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell; Let the Great World Spin, by Column McCann; Far North, by Marcel Theroux; Lark & Termite, by Jane Ann Phillips; and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin.

I read and adored In Other Rooms, Other Wonders last year. It's a short story collection set in 1970s Pakistan and it's lovely. I highly recommend it, and I hope it wins. Though I haven't read any of the others, so I can't really compare.

For a full article about the other categories and nominees, click here.


  1. I just went over and read your blog post about "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders" and am writing it down right now! I have been on a short story reading spree this year, and this looks like a good collection.

    I haven't heard of the other nominated books (although "Lark and Termite" sounds familiar).

  2. I don't keep very up to date on these kinds of things, but I am going to go over and take another look at your review for In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. I haven't read much short fiction this year, so I am looking for something great. Thanks for keeping me updated on the finalists in the running.


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