The twenty Finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s morning radio program, Think Out Loud, in front of a live audience at the new Literary Arts Center in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, October 12. The announcement was also streamed live on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s website, www.opb.org/nationalbookawards. Past NBA Winners, Finalists, and Judges announced this year’s Finalists by category:
- Virginia Euwer Wolff, National Book Award Winner in 2001, will announce the Young People’s Literature Finalists.
- Vern Rutsala, National Book Award Finalist in 2005, will announce the Poetry Finalists.
- Sallie Tisdale, National Book Award Judge in 2010, will announce the Nonfiction Finalists.
- Charles Johnson, National Book Award Winner in 1990 and Judge in 1999 and 2009, will announce the Fiction Finalists
Think Out Loud host David Miller interviewed each of the four guests, as well as National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum, about their own National Book Award experiences.
The 2011 Finalists are (out of a whopping 1,223 submissions):
Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press)
Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife (Random House)
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books, an imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)
Fiction Judges: Deirdre McNamer (Panel Chair), Jerome Charyn, John Crowley, Victor LaValle, Yiyun Li
Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism (Graywolf Press)
Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution (Little, Brown and Company)
Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton & Company)
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)
Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Nonfiction Judges: Alice Kaplan (Panel Chair), Yunte Huang, Jill Lepore, Barbara Savage
Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)
Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Carl Phillips, Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 (W.W. Norton & Company)
Bruce Smith, Devotions (University of Chicago Press)
Poetry Judges: Elizabeth Alexander (Panel Chair), Thomas Sayers Ellis, Amy Gerstler, Kathleen Graber, Roberto Tejada
Young People’s Literature
Franny Billingsley, Chime (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. )
Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish)
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Albert Marrin, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
Lauren Myracle, Shine (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS)
Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Young People’s Literature Judges: Marc Aronson (Panel Chair), Ann Brashares, Matt de la Peña, Nikki Grimes, Will Weaver