Lucky New Yorkers — Mayor Bloomberg has named next week as National Book Awards Week. Festivities will kick off with a 5 Under 35 celebration on Monday and continue through the 60th National Book Awards on Wednesday. About a month ago I blogged about the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 selection (Ceridwen Dovey, C.E. Morgan, Lydia Peelle, Karen Russell and Josh Weil made the cut), and Trisha blogged about the National Book Award finalists here.
an enveloping new novel. . . [McCann] lends a forgiving tenderness that invigorates the timeless notion that we are not really all the different under the skin, each of us longing for love, for beauty, for those connections that will quell our loneliness.
I have a feeling that McCann’s going to take the Fiction prize, although who knows? Who do you think will win awards in the Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature categories?
The National Book Foundation will also announce the winner of the “Best of the National Book Award Fiction” category – ever. (We blogged about that award, too.) My vote’s for Faulkner.