Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1996

FICTION

Winner:

Andrea Barrett, Ship Fever and Other Stories
> Read Her Acceptance Speech
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Ron Hansen – Atticus
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Elizabeth McCracken – The Giant's House
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Steven Millhauser – Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
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Janet Peery – The River Beyond the World
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NONFICTION

Winner:

James Carroll, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us
> Read His Acceptance Speech

Finalists:

Melissa Fay Greene – The Temple Bombing
Paul Hendrickson – The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War
Cary Reich – The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to Conquer, 1908-1958
Anne Roiphe – Fruitful: A Real Mother in the Modern World

POETRY

Winner:

Hayden Carruth, Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey, Poems 1991-1995
> Read His Acceptance Speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Carruth

Finalists:

Lucille Clifton – The Terrible Stories
Robert Hass – Sun Under Wood
Alicia Suskin Ostriker – The Crack in Everything
Charles Simic – Walking the Black Cat

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Victor Martinez, Parrot In the Oven: Mi Vida
> Read His Acceptance Speech

Finalists:

Carolyn Coman – What Jamie Saw
Nancy Farmer – A Girl Named Disaster
Helen Kim – The Long Season of Rain
Han Nolan – Send Me Down a Miracle