Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1998

FICTION

Winner:

Alice McDermott, Charming Billy
> Read Her Acceptance Speech
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Allegra Goodman – Kaaterskill Falls
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Gayl Jones – The Healing
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Robert Stone – Damascus Gate
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Tom Wolfe – A Man in Full
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NONFICTION

WInner:

Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family
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Finalists:

Harold Bloom – Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
Yaffa Eliach – There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok
Beth Kephart – A Slant of Sun: One Child’s Courage
Henry Mayer – All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

POETRY

Winner:

Gerald Stern, This Time: New and Selected Poems
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> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Stern

Finalists:

B.H. Fairchild – The Art of the Lathe
Alicia Suskin Ostriker – The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998
Linda Pastan – Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998
Carl Phillips – From the Devotions

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Louis Sachar, Holes
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Finalists:

Ann Cameron – The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods
Jack Gantos – Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Anita Lobel – No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War
Richard Peck – A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories