If you happened to miss the announcement, then here is some news: the finalists for the National Book Award were selected! Although the fiction list often gets a lot of the attention, I’ve always found the nonfiction list to be much more interesting (surprise, surprise!).
For one, there’s a lot more variety. On the fiction side, the nominees all fall into the general category of literary fiction — you don’t see any romance novels or thrillers getting recognized. But the nonfiction list has a ton of variety, featuring everything from the fourth volume of a celebrated biography of an American president to a posthumously published memoir set in the Middle East.
I got my nerd on last week over at Book Riot where I did a little bit of summarizing and guessing about how the awards would shake out and which of the fine nominees would be selected. I don’t always share my posts elsewhere on the web, but I’m particularly proud of this one and I’d love if you’d take a minute to read it.
Which of the National Book Award nominees are you rooting for?