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National Book Awards - 2008

FICTION

WINNER:

Peter Matthiessen, Shadow Country (Modern Library)
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Finalists:

Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project (Riverhead)
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Rachel Kushner, Telex from Cuba (Scribner)
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Marilynne Robinson, Home (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
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Salvatore Scibona, The End (Graywolf Press)
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Fiction judges:

Gail Godwin (chair), Rebecca Goldstein,
Elinor Lipman, Reginald McKnight, Jess Walter.

NONFICTION

WINNER:

Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton & Company)
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Finalists:

Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf)
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Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday)
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Jim Sheeler, Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives (The Penguin Press)
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Joan Wickersham, The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order (Harcourt)
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Nonfiction judges:

Marie Arana (chair), Farah Jasmine Griffin, Russell Jacoby, Megan Marshall, Kevin Starr.

POETRY


WINNER:

Mark Doty, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins)
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Finalists:

Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
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Reginald Gibbons, Creatures of a Day (Louisiana State University Press)
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Richard Howard, Without Saying (Turtle Point Press)
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Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press)
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Poetry Judges:

Robert Pinsky (chair), Mary Jo Bang, Kimiko Hahn, Tony Hoagland, Marilyn Nelson.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

WINNER:

Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic)
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Finalists:

Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Simon & Schuster)

Kathi Appelt, The Underneath (Atheneum)
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E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion)
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Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Alfred A. Knopf)
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Young People’s Literature Judges:

Daniel Handler (chair), Holly Black, Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, Cynthia Voigt.

2008 National Book Awards Finalist Announcement



The twenty Finalists for the 2008 National Book Award were announced on October 15 by author
Scott Turow from the stage of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago