National Book Awards

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  • the institutional sponsor of the National Book Awards: National Book Foundation Homepage
  • first launched on March 16, 1950 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City as an award given to writers by writers
  • "the National Book Awards continues to recognize the best of American literature, raising the cultural appreciation of great writing in the country while advancing the careers of both established and emerging writers like Richard Powers, Jonathan Franzen, and Lily Tuck"


Fiction Winner

  • Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) - Interview

Fiction Shortlist

  • Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) - Interview
  • Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) - Interview
  • Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown & Company) - Interview
  • Jim Shepard, Like You’d Understand, Anyway (Alfred A. Knopf) - Interview

Fiction judges

  • Francine Prose (chair), Andrew Sean Greer,Walter Kirn, David Means, and Joy Williams.