Thomas Pynchon, George Packer and others are finalists for National Book Award(Read article summary)
The contenders for the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature prizes are now narrowed down to five.
The contenders for the 2013 National Book Award for fiction are now narrowed down to five, with authors including Thomas Pynchon, Jhumpa Lahiri, and George Saunders making the cut.
Pynchon was nominated for his novel â€śBleeding Edge,â€ť while Lahiriâ€™s â€śThe Lowlandâ€ť and Saundersâ€™ short story collection â€śTenth of Decemberâ€ť were selected. Writer Rachel Kushner made the list for her novel â€śThe Flamethrowersâ€ť and James McBride received a nod for his book â€śThe Good Lord Bird.â€ť
Meanwhile, authors including George Packer and Jill LePore made the nonfiction nominees list. LePore received the nod for her work â€śBook of Ages,â€ť while Packerâ€™s book â€śThe Unwindingâ€ť also made the list as well as Wendy Lowerâ€™s â€śHitlerâ€™s Furies,â€ť Lawrence Wrightâ€™s â€śGoing Clear,â€ť and Alan Taylorâ€™s â€śThe Internal Enemy.â€ť
For the young peopleâ€™s literature prize, authors Meg Rosoff of â€śPicture Me Gone,â€ť Cynthia Kadohata of â€śThe Thing About Luck,â€ť Tom McNeal of â€śFar Far Away,â€ť Gene Luen Yang of â€śBoxers & Saints,â€ť and Kathi Appelt of â€śThe True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swampâ€ť will be competing for the award.
The poetry contenders are â€śStay, Illusionâ€ť by Lucie Brock-Broido, â€śBlack Apertureâ€ť by Matt Rasmussen, â€śMetaphysical Dogâ€ť by Frank Bidart, â€śThe Big Smokeâ€ť by Adrian Matejka, and â€śIncarnadineâ€ť by Mary Szybist. As pointed out by Publishers Weekly, all but Bidart are first-time NBA nominees.Â
Last year, author Louise Erdrich took the fiction prize for â€śThe Round House,â€ť while â€śBehind the Beautiful Foreversâ€ť by Katherine Boo won the nonfiction award.
Excerpts of the nominees are available via free e-books for the first time on the National Book Award website. The winners for each category will be announced next month.