Thursday, September 24, 2009

Best of the Natonal Book Awards Fiction Campaign

Want to have a say in the selection of the Best of the National Book Awards? For the first time, the National Book Foundation is allowing the public to assist in selecting the winner. If you would like to vote, go to the National Book Foundation's website today through October 21 to cast your vote for one of the following six finalists, four of which are short story collections.

Short Stories:
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever.

Collected Stories of William Faulkner by William Faulkner.

The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor.

The collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty.

Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison
Nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.
A postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyces "Ulysses" was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.

Don't miss out! Check them out and vote before October 21. SH

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