Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 2000

FICTION

Winner:

Susan Sontag, In America
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Charles Baxter – The Feast of Love
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Alan Lightman – The Diagnosis
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Joyce Carol Oates – Blonde
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Francine Prose – Blue Angel
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NONFICTION

Winner:

Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Finalists:

Jacques Barzun – From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present
Alice Kaplan – The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach
David Levering Lewis – W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963
Patrick Tierney – Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon

POETRY

Winner:

Lucille Clifton, Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000
> Read Her Acceptance Speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Clifton

Finalists:

Kim Addonizio – Tell Me
Galway Kinnell – A New Selected Poems
Kenneth Koch – New Addresses: Poems
Bruce Smith – The Other Lover

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Gloria Whelan, Homeless Bird

Finalists:

Adam Bagdasarian – Forgotten Fire
Michael Cadnum – The Book of the Lion
Carolyn Coman – Many Stones
Jerry Stanley – Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California