2013 National Book Awards

2013 National Book Award Judges


Charles Baxter was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction in 2000 for The Feast of Love. He has published five novels, six collections of short stories, three books of poetry, and nonfiction. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow and received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent book of fiction was Gryphon, a collection of stories published in 2011. charlesbaxter.com

Gish Jen is the author of four novels and a collection of stories.  She has received a Lannan Award in Fiction as well as a Harold and Mildred Strauss Living from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; she is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She delivered the Massey lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University last year. These have just been published as Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self. gishjen.com

Charles McGrath is former editor of The New York Times Book Review and before that deputy editor at The New Yorker.

Rick Simonson has been a bookseller at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington for over 35 years, and is presently senior buyer and co-director of the store's literary program.

René Steinke was a 2005 National Book Award Finalist in Fiction for her novel Holy Skirts. She is director of the MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey and former editor-in-chief of TLR.



Jabari Asim is the author of The N Word and What Obama Means. For many years, he was a book reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post. He is an associate professor of writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College. therealjabariasim.com

André Bernard is Vice President and Secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

M.G. Lord writes on popular culture, society, and technology. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist, Forever Barbie, and Astro Turf, a family memoir of Cold War aerospace culture, for which she received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant. She teaches writing at the University of Southern California. mglord.com

Lauren Redniss was a Finalist for National Book Award in Nonfiction in 2011 for Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. laurenredniss.com

Eric Sundquist is the author of To Wake the Nations, winner of the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association for best book published during the year, the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for the best book in the humanities, and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. He is Chair of the Department of English and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.



Nikky Finney is the author of four books of poetry: Head Off & Split, Winner of the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry, The World Is Round, Rice, and On Wings Made of Gauze. She also authored Heartwood, a story collection for adult literacy students, and edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The Guy Davenport Endowed Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky for twenty years, she has recently accepted a teaching position at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. nikkyfinney.net

Ada Limón’s first collection of poetry, Lucky Wreck, was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She is also the author of This Big Fake World, winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize, and Sharks in the Rivers. adalimon.com

D.A. Powell won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for his collection Useless Landscape: A Guide for Boys. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in San Francisco.

Jahan Ramazani is Edgar F. Shannon Professor at the University of Virginia. He co-edited The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. His books include A Transnational Poetics, winner of the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, and Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, which was chosen for the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His collection of short stories and fables, called Cradle Book, was published in 2010, and his most recent book, To Keep Love Blurry: Poems, was published in 2013. He is Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly. craigmorganteicher.com

Young People’s Literature

Deb Caletti was a National Book Award Finalist in Young People’s Literature in 2004 for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, which was the recipient of numerous other awards and honors, including the PNBA Best Book award, the Washington State Book award, and the SLJ Best Book award. debcaletti.com

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults, including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, and Odd Duck. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, and a two time MacDowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles. castellucci.wordpress.com

Peter Glassman has been a bookseller for 38 years and is the founder and owner of Books of Wonder, one of the foremost bookstores in the country for young people's literature. He is also the author of three picture books and the editor of the Books of Wonder Classics, published by HarperCollins.

E. Lockhart was a Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature for her novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which was also a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and received the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. Her most recent book is Real Live Boyfriends, the fourth book in the Ruby Oliver series. emilylockhart.com

Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota. Prior to accepting this appointment, she was the Director of the Center for Children's Literature and Children's Librarian of the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She reviews children’s books for The New York Times and blogs about children's and young adult books on EarlyWord.com.