Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 2009

FICTION

Winner:

Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)
> Interview
> Appreciations on Best of National Book Awards Fiction Blog

Finalists:

Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)
- Interview >
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Interview >
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Interview >
- “Contenders” Fiction Finalists Exhibition Page >

FICTION JUDGES:

Alan Cheuse, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, Lydia Millet

 

NONFICTION

Winner:

T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)
> Interview

Finalists:

David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Interview >

Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Interview >

Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
(Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)
- Interview >

Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy
(Princeton University Press)
- Interview >

NONFICTION JUDGES:

David Blight, Amanda Foreman, Steve Olson, Camille Paglia, John Phillip Santos

POETRY

Winner:

Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)
> Interview
> NBA Poetry Blog Essay and Archival Material for Waldrop

Finalists:

Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)
- Interview >

Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Penguin Books)
- Interview >

Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Interview >

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)
- Interview >

POETRY JUDGES:

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A. Van Jordan, Cole Swensen, Kevin Young

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Winner:

Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
> Interview
Watch Speech

Finalists:

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)
- Interview >

David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)
- Interview >

Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
- Interview >

Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE JUDGES:

Kathi Appelt, Coe Booth, Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, Gene Luen Yang


2009 National Book Awards Dinner Master of Ceremonies

Andy Borowitz's Opening Monologue

(contains adult language)