Archives for category: Book awards

By now you’ve all probably seen the NBA 2014 winners list. On the National Book Foundation’s website there are interviews with winners and some clips from the awards ceremony. I thought I’d round up additional interviews and reviews from other venues.

Redeployment by Phil Klay, the winner in the fiction category, was reviewed by NPR in March 2014. Morning Edition also aired an interview with Klay in March.  And Terry Gross interviewed Klay for Fresh Air after he won the award. You can listen to the Fresh Air interview here. Here are additional interviews with Klay:

Evan Osnos‘s Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China was the winner in the nonfiction category. Back in April, C-SPAN aired an hour-long interview with Osnos. The Washington Post also printed an early review. PBS Newshour aired this post-NBA interview with Osnos.

Louise Glück won the prize for poetry for her work Faithful and Virtuous Night. The Poetry Foundation recently interviewed her regarding this work, but I couldn’t find any post-award interviews other than the one on NBF’s website.

Jacqueline Woodson won the prize for Young People’s Literature for her book Brown Girl Dreaming. A pre-award review from the New York Times can be found here. In September, Code Switch aired a profile of Woodson recorded for their program. Woodson’s book is a memoir in free verse. This week, Parade interviewed Woodson to discuss her win.

Finally, Ursula Le Guin received the award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She gave a great acceptance speech, which you can watch on her website. She has also linked to a transcript of it.


The National Book Foundation has announced the longlist for the nonfiction award. There are 10 nominees. The titles cover some heavy topics this year (war, the meaning of human existence, dementia, for example). But they sound interesting, and I’m sure to add a few of them to my “to read” list. You can read more here. Now that the nominees have been named, I’m sure we’ll see a flurry of interviews with them. I look forward to those!

I’ll a little behind with this, but the fiction longlist for the National Book Awards is available! I’m excited to see Emily St. John Mandel’s latest book listed. (Also, Emily St. John Mandel will be at the Texas Book Festival this October!)



The National Book Award Foundation announced their Fiction Longlist last night. It’s an exciting list! We were happy to see many staff favorites recognized.


Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken
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Elizabeth McCracken is one of our own! An Austinite, she holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas and the Associate Director for UT’s New Writers Project. We hosted a big ol’ event to help her launch Thunderstruck. This is the second time she’s been up for a National Book Award; her previous novel, The Giant’s House, was also a finalist for the award.

Julie thoroughly enjoyed this collection: “McCracken explores the unexpected avenues of loss in this absorbing new collection. What I love about McCracken is knowing that the characters I meet on her pages will never be typical. I come again and again to the little girl dressed as Patrick…

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This year the Texas Book Festival is on October 26 and 27.  I just went through the author list and schedule and made a list of everything (and everyone) I’d like to see.  I’m especially excited about Sherman Alexie, who will be speaking on Sunday. I also saw that three National Book Award finalists will be at the festival! This event is always great—well organized, well attended, and full of interesting panels and authors. And it’s free!

I love this time of year. We get to hear about all of the book fairs, book festivals, and book awards! The finalists for the 2013 National Book Award have been announced, and I’m busily adding titles to my “To Read” list. I already had my eye on Lahiri’s The Lowland, but I’m also looking forward to Tenth of December by George Saunders. In nonfiction, I’ll start with George Packer’s The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, and in young people’s literature, I don’t  know—all of them?

You can see the complete list of finalists on Publisher’s Weekly.