Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards Finalist Announcement, 2010

New York, NY (June 15, 2010) - The 20 Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature for the 2010 National Book Awards will be announced for the first time at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, Georgia on October 13, 2010.

The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home was selected from among more than 75 venue suggestions for the 2010 National Book Award Finalists Announcement from readers of the National Book Foundation's monthly eNewsletter. Though many terrific suggestions were offered, the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home rose above the rest.

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1972 and was also voted the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction last fall. The Foundation's Best of the National Book Awards Fiction campaign began in July, 2009 and continued through the summer with a book-a-day blog featuring all 77 Fiction Winners of the last 60 years. We then held a public vote, narrowing down the 77 to a short list of 6, and finally, we announced that O’Connor’s The Complete Stories had been named the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction at the 2009 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City. Harold Augenbraum, the Executive Director of the Foundation, stated, “We are thrilled to announce the Finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards at the home of one of the great American writers of the past half-century, whose work resonates with a broad public across the United States and around the world.”

Suggested Links:

> Press Release: The 20 Finalists for the 2010 NBAs to be Announced at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, GA

> Flannery O'Connor's Best of the National Book Awards Blog Page, 1972

> Books Flannery O'Connor Owned as a Child

> National Book Award Classics - Flannery O'Connor
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Finalist for the 1956 National Book Award in Fiction
http://www.nationalbook.org/nbaclassics_foconnor.html

> Flannery O'Connor's Childhood Home, visit www.flanneryoconnorhome.org

> Savannah Morning News article about attention O'Connor received after the recent National Book Foundation honor: http://savannahnow.com/accent/2009-11-29/novel-developments-flannery-oconnors-popularity