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National Book Award finalists are announced

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(Read caption) Nominees for the National Book Award included 'A Hologram for the King' by Dave Eggers for the fiction category and 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' by Katherine Boo for nonfiction.

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Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Robert Caro, Anthony Shadid, Louise Erdich, Katherine Boo. It’s tough to gather a more distinguished group of writers.

These are among the finalists for the esteemed National Book Award, the Pulitzer of the book world, announced Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

In a departure from years past, this year’s finalists includes some of the country’s most prominent and popular writers, authors, novelists, and poets who have gained literary respect as well as commercial success.

Dominican-born writer Junot Diaz, still spinning from being awarded a “genius” grant by the MacArthur Foundation last week, is nominated for his collection of short stories, “This is How You Lose Her.” (Diaz also won a Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”)

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