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Who will win at the National Book Awards?

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(Read caption) 'Bleeding Edge' and 'Going Clear' are two of the nominees for the National Book Awards, 'Bleeding' for the fiction prize and 'Clear' for the nonfiction category.

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Hours ahead of the big event, buzz is building over this year’s National Book Awards, the “Oscars of the publishing industry.” Headline grabbers this year include Malala Yousafzai, novelist Thomas Pnychon, fictional character Bridget Jones, and the Church of Scientology.

The awards, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the US, will be announced in four categories Wednesday night at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Notably absent from the event will be one of the top contenders for the fiction award, Thomas Pynchon. Notoriously private and disinclined to attend public events and participate in media appearances, Pynchon, not surprisingly, will not attend the black tie awards, Ann Godoff, president and editor in chief of Penguin Press, Pynchon’s publisher, said Monday, according to The New York Times.

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