Thursday, November 16, 2006


The winners of the annual National Book Awards were announced last night, November 15.

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers (NEW Powers, R.) [in processing]

The other nominees were:
Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (NEW DANIELEWSKI, M.)
A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus (NEW KALFUS, K.)
Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta
The Zero by Jess Walter (NEW WALTER, J.)

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (978.032 EGA)

The other nominees were:
At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 by Taylor Branch (323.1196 BRA)
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present by Peter Hessler (NEW 951 HES)
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (NEW 973.931 WRI)

Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey

The other nominees were:
Averno by Louise Glück,
Chromatic by H.L. Hix,
Angle of Yaw by Ben Lerner
Capacity by James McMichael

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (NEW YA AND)

The other nominees were:
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt (NEW YA LEA)
Sold by Patricia McCormick (ON ORDER)
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (YA 741.5 AME)

Two other awards were also presented:
The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, which is given to "a person who has enriched our literary heritage over a life of service, or a corpus of work", was awarded to poet Adrienne Rich.

The Literarian Award, which is presented to "an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community, whose life and work exemplify the goals of the National Book Foundation to expand the audience for literature and to enhance the cultural value of literature in America", was awarded to Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein (posthumously), co-founders of the New York Review of Books, which they co-edited for over 40 years until her death earlier this year. Robert Silvers is still the editor.