Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 1999

FICTION

Winner:

Ha Jin, Waiting
> Read His Acceptance Speech
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Andre Dubus III – House of Sand and Fog
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Kent Haruf – Plainsong
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Patricia Henley – Hummingbird House
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Jean Thompson – Who Do You Love
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NONFICTION

Winner:

John W. Dower , Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
> Read His Acceptance Speech

Finalists:

John W. Dower – Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
Natalie Angier – Woman: An Intimate Geography
Mark Bowden – Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
John Phillip Santos – Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation
Judith Thurman – Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette

POETRY

Winner:

Ai, Vice: New & Selected Poems
> Read Her Acceptance Speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Ai

Finalists:

Louise Gluck – Vita Nova
Clarence Major – Configurations: New and Selected Poems, 1958-1998
Sherod Santos – The Pilot Star Elegies
C.K. Williams – Repair

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Kimberly Willis Holt, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
> Read Her Acceptance Speech

Finalists:

Laurie Halse Anderson – Speak
Louise Erdrich – The Birchbark House
Polly Horvath – The Trolls
Walter Dean Myers – Monster