Monday, November 23, 2009

2009 National Book Award Winner

The winner of the National Book Award for Fiction was announced last week. This year's winner was Colum McCann for Let the Great World Spin. The setting of the book is 1974 in New York City and the lives of ten people intersect as Philippe Petit crosses between the Twin Towers on a tightrope.

According to its website, the mission of the National Book Awards is: "to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. "

Other finalists for the fiction award were :

American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

Far North by Marcel Theroux


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