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Prestigious Ceremony at Flannery O’Connor Southern Literary Trail Site
National Book Awards Finalists Announced for 2010

by Jane Thimmee, Savannah's representative to the Southern Literary Trail
 

Savannah and the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home hosted the much anticipated announcement, by Pat Conroy, of the nominated finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. Five finalists were named for each of the four genres—Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. View video of the ceremony.

Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, said that this was only the seventh time in 61 years that the awards were announced outside of New York City. The Childhood Home location seemed especially appropriate since O’Connor not only won the award posthumously in 1972 for her collection The Complete Stories, but last spring it was named as the best work ever to win in the fiction category.
 

THE FINALISTS
 

  O'Connor Childhood Home (left)

Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home (left)

 

Fiction:

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule
Nicole Krauss, Great House
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel

Nonfiction:

Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
Patti Smith, Just Kids
Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward
Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War

 
   

  Harold Augenbraum introduces Pat Conroy. Photo by Geoff L. Johnson   Esther Shaver, owner of E. Shaver Booksellers with Casandra King, author and wife of Pat Conroy on the O’Connor front porch.   Bill Dawers, O’Connor Childhood Home foundation president with author Pat Conroy preparing to announce the finalists.  
  Harold Augenbraum introduces Pat Conroy.
Photo by Geoff L. Johnson
  Esther Shaver, owner of E. Shaver Booksellers with Casandra King, author and wife of Pat Conroy on the O’Connor front porch.    Bill Dawers, O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation President with author Pat Conroy preparing to announce the finalists.   

 
   

Poetry:

Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City
Terrance Hayes, Lighthead
James Richardson, By the Numbers
C.D. Wright, One with Others
Monica Youn, Ignatz

Tritons in Forsyth Park Fountain
Tritons in Forsyth Park Fountain

Young People’s Literature:

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker
Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
Laura McNeal, Dark Water
Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer

 
   

  Craig Amason, executive director, O’Connor Andalusia Foundation with Bill Dawers.   Some of the finalists’ books on display. Photo by Geoff L. Johnson   Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation (center) speaking with Lila Critz.  Also in photo, Matt Prickett, founder of the Savannah Book Festival, Jerry Thimme, and Dale Critz.  
  Craig Amason, executive director, O’Connor Andalusia Foundation with Bill Dawers.    Some of the finalists’ books on display.
Photo by Geoff L. Johnson
  Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation (center) speaking with Lila Critz. Also in photo, Matt Prickett, founder of the Savannah Book Festival, Jerry Thimme, and Dale Critz.   

 
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