Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 2004

FICTION

Winner:

Lily Tuck, The News from Paraguay
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum – Madeleine is Sleeping
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Christine Schutt – Florida
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Joan Silber – Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
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Kate Walbert – Our Kind
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NONFICTION

Winner:

Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

Finalists:

David Hackett Fischer – Washington’s Crossing
Jennifer Gonnerman – Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett
Stephen Greenblatt – Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
The 9/11 Commission – The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States- Authorized Edition

POETRY

Winner:

Jean Valentine, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003
> Read Her Acceptance Speech
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Valentine

Finalists:

William Heyen – Shoah Train
Donald Justice – Collected Poems
Carl Phillips – The Rest of Love
Cole Swensen – Goest

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Pete Hautman, Godless

Finalists:

Deb Caletti – Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Laban Carrick Hill – Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance
Shelia P. Moses – The Legend of Buddy Bush
Julie Anne Peters – Luna: A Novel