The Finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards have been announced. Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
Louise Erdrich (right) won the 2012 NBA for her novel The Round House. Other 2013 winners included Katherine Boo for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Nonfiction); David Ferry for Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (Poetry); and William Alexander for Goblin Secrets (Young People’s Literature).
In order to be eligible for the Award, a book must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. Self-published books are only eligible if the author/publisher publishes the work of other authors in addition to his or her own.
The 2013 Finalists are:
â€¢ Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers, Scribner/Simon & Schuster
â€¢ Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House
â€¢ James McBride, The Good Lord Bird, Riverhead Books/Penguin Group (USA)
â€¢ Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, The Penguin Press/Penguin Group (USA)
â€¢ George Saunders, Tenth of December, Random House
â€¢ Jill Lepore, The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House
â€¢ Wendy Lower, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
â€¢ George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
â€¢ Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, W.W. Norton & Company
â€¢ Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House
â€¢ Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
â€¢ Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion, Alfred A. Knopf
â€¢ Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke, Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA
â€¢ Matt Rasmussen, Black Aperture, Louisiana State University Press
â€¢ Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems, Graywolf Press
Young People’s Literature
â€¢ Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster
â€¢ Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster
â€¢ Tom McNeal, Far Far Away, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House
â€¢ Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group (USA)
â€¢ Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints, First Second/Macmillan
No one, not even the Foundation staff, learns who the Winners are until the day of the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner, which takes place in mid-November in New York City.
In Fiction, Jhumpa Lahiri was many prognosticators’ favorite to win the 2013 Man Booker Prize, but that was honor was bestowed this week upon twenty-eight-year-old Eleanor Catton and her novel The Luminaries. Catton is the youngest author to ever win the award.
The night before the Awards, each Finalist receives a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation from the panel at a private Medal Ceremony. Immediately following the Medal Ceremony, all twenty Finalists read from their nominated books at the Finalists Reading. The four Winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young Peopleâ€™s Literature are announced the following evening at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner, where each Winner receives $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.