No Minnesota writers made the National Book Award long list for nonfiction, but it's a stellar list nonetheless. It includes a book about the women of the Nazi regime, a biography of Benjamin Franklin's sister, and an expose on the Church of Scientology.
The long lists for young adult and poetry were announced earlier in the week (and include several Minnesota writers and publishers); the long list for fiction will be announced on Thursday. The finalists will be announced on Oct. 16, with the winners in November.
Here's the full long list for nonfiction, with links to Star Tribune reviews:
"Finding Florida," by T.D. Allman
"Facing the Wave," by Gretel Ehrlich
"The Wolf and the Watchman," by Scott C. Johnson
"The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," by Jill Lepore (review forthcoming)
"Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields" by Wendy Lower (review forthcoming)
"Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery," by James Oakes
"The Unwinding," by George Packer
"The Internal Enemy," by Alan Taylor
"Duke," by Terry Teachout
"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," by Lawrence Wright
Here comes round two of the National Book Award long lists, and here come more books with Minnesota connections. The long list for poetry was announced this morning, and here is Matt Rasmussen, winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the American Academy of Poets, nominated for "Black Aperture." You can't get more Minnesota than Rasmussen, who was born in International Falls, lives in Robbinsdale, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus. His book was published by Louisiana State University Press.
Other Minnesota connections on the list: "So Recently Rent a World," by Andrei Codrescu and published by Coffee House Press. And "Incarnadine," by Mary Szybist, and published by Graywolf Press.
Yesterday's long list for young adult books included Minneapolis writers Kate DiCamillo and Anne Ursu. Tomorrow's list is nonfiction.
Here's the full long list for poetry:
"Metaphysical Dog," by Frank Bidart.
"Bury My Clothes," by Roger Bonair-Agard
"Stay, Illusion," by Lucie Brock-Broido.
"So Recently Rent a World," by Andrei Codrescu.
"Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire," by Brenda Hillman.
"The Big Smoke," by Adrian Matejka.
"American Amnesiac," by Diane Raptosh.
"Black Aperture," by Matt Rasmussen.
"Transfer of Qualities," by Martha Ronk.
"Incardine," by Mary Szybist.
This year, the folks with the National Book Awards are doing things a little differently. Rather than just announcing the finalists, this year they're releasing long lists this month, short lists next month, and the winners in November.
They're also drawing out the excitement by announcing one category per day. Today is young adult literature, and there are two Minneapolis authors on the list. Kate DiCamillo made the long list for "Flora and Ulysses," her tale of a little girl and her buddy, a squirrel with superpowers. DiCamillo is a Newbery Award winner for her second book, "The Tale of Despereaux."
Also on the list is Anne Ursu, author of "The Real Boy," the story of a young shop assistant to a magician. Ursu's most recent book, "Breadcrumbs," was widely acclaimed and was named a Junior Literary Guild selection and this year she won a McKnight Artist Fellowship.
Both writers live in Minneapolis. (Keep in mind that the winner of last year's National Book Award for young adult literature was Minneapolis author Will Alexander. We have a reputation to uphold.)
DiCamillo will be in conversation with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer next Tuesday night at the Fitzgerald; Ursu will launch her book at Red Balloon later this month.
Here's the full list:
Kathi Appelt: "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp."
Kate DiCamillo: "Flora and Ulysses."
Lisa Graff: "A Tangle of Knots."
Alaya Dawn Johnson: "The Summer Prince."
Cynthia Kadohata: "The Thing About Luck."
David Levithan: "Two Boys Kissing."
Tom McNeal: "Far, Far Away"
Meg Rosoff: "Picture Me Gone."
Anne Ursu: "The Real Boy."
Gene Luen Yang: "Boxers & Saints."
The short list will be announced Oct. 16.
Tomorrow: the long list for poetry.
Amanda Coplin is really a Pacific Northwest writer--she was born in Washington state, earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Portland and now lives in Portland. But her MFA is from the University of Minnesota, where she studied under Charles Baxter and others, and her career since graduation has been remarkable. Her first novel, "The Orchardist" (yes, yes, set in the Pacific Northwest) was a New York Times best-seller, garnered wide critical praise (including this review in the Star Tribune), was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Awards finalist, and made several best-of-the-year lists (including the Washington Post).
And now, more accolades: shortly after winning the Washington State Book Award for fiction (the nonfiction award went to Timothy Egan for "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher"), Coplin was named one of the National Book Foundation's "Five under 35." (The other four: Molly Antopol, NoViolet Bulawayo, currently on the Man Booker Prize short list, Daisy Hildyard and Merritt Tierce.)
Each of the five was chosen by a previous National Book Award winner. And who chose Coplin? Why, Louise Erdrich, of course. Definitely not from the Pacific Northwest.
The Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced early this morning, winnowed down from a longlist of 13, and missing are Colum McCann's fine novel, "Transatlantic," as well as "The Spinning Heart," Donal Ryan's debut novel that caused so much buzz in Ireland. (The author had been rejected by 47 publishers.)
But the short list is stellar, and here it is:
"We Need New Names," by NoViolet Bulawayo. (Our review is here.)
"The Luminaries," by Eleanor Catton.
"The Harvest," by Jim Crace. (Our review is here.)
"The Lowland," by Jhumpa Lahiri. (Lahiri is coming to Minneapolis on Oct. 9. She'll be in conversation with writer Louise Erdrich, and you can buy tickets at www.birchbarkbooks.com. The price is $36, which includes an autographed copy of the book.) (Our review runs soon.)
"A Tale for the Time Being," by Ruth Ozeki.
"The Testament of Mary," by Colm Toibin. (Our review is here.)
The winner will be announced Oct. 15.
Meanwhile, the nominees for the National Book Award will be announced next week, doled out over four days on the website The Daily Beast for maximum drama. Children's and young adult book nominees will be announced on Monday at 9 a.m., poetry on Tuesday, nonfiction on Wednesday, and fiction on Thursday. Keep in mind that Minnesota writers won two of the four awards last year--Will Alexander won in young adult, and Louise Erdrich in fiction. This year one of the fiction judges is Minnesota writer (and University of Minnesota professor) Charles Baxter. Oh, so much reading to do.
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