2008 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

October 29, 2008

This year over 200 publishers submitted 1,258 books for consideration for the National Book Award which carries with its prestige a cash award of $10,000. The winners will be announced on Wednesday,  November 19th. Titles selected as finalists this year include:

For Fiction:

The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
Home by Marilynne Robinson
The End by Salvatore Scibona

For Non-Fiction:

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer
Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order by Joan Wickersham

For Young People’s Literature:

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Underneath
Kathi Appelt
What I Saw and How I Lied by
Judy Blundell
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp