Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1997

FICTION

Winner:

Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain
> Read His Acceptance Speech
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Don DeLillo – Underworld
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Diane Johnson – Le Divorce
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Ward Just – Echo House
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Cynthia Ozick – The Puttermesser Papers
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

NONFICTION

Winner:

Joseph J. Ellis, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
> Read His Acceptance Speech

Finalists:

David I. Kertzer – The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
Jamaica Kincaid – My Brother
Thomas Lynch – The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Sam Tanenhaus – Whittaker Chambers

POETRY

Winner:

William Meredith, Effort at Speech: New & Selected Poems
> William Meredith Rememberance
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Meredith

Finalists:

John Balaban – Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems
Frank Bidart – Desire
Sarah Lindsay – Primate Behavior
Marilyn Nelson – The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Han Nolan, Dancing on the Edge
> Read Her Acceptance Speech

Finalists:

Brock Cole – The Facts Speak for Themselves
Adele Griffin – Sons of Liberty
Mary Ann McGuigan – Where You Belong
Tor Seidler – Mean Margaret