Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nationl Book Awards Ceremony Tonight!

Tonight's National Book Awards presentation offers a local angle for Portland readers: one of the nominees in the Young People's Literature category lives among us! Local writer and artist Laini Taylor is the author of the nominated title Lips Touch: Three Times, illustrated by her husband and collaborator Jim Di Bartolo. Check out the wonderful profile of Laini and Jim by Jeff Baker in the Oregonian. The awards presentation will start about 9:15 Eastern time.

You can read the full list of nominees here, in a previous blog post. Tonight is also the 60th Anniversary of the National Book Awards, and as part of that celebration they've asked the public to select the Best of the Best, the most popular of all of the National Book Award winners for fiction -- the first time in its history that the National Book Awards folks have opened things up to a public vote. Here are the six finalists: The Stories of John Cheever; Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison; The Collected Stories of William Faulkner; The Complete Stories, by Flannery O'Connor; Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon; and The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. Hmmm. Which one do you think should win? At this snazzy looking page you can see the book covers of ALL of the fiction winners from previous years, from 1950 (The Man with the Golden Arm, by Nelson Algren) to 2008 (Shadow Country, by Peter Matthiessen)

Good luck, Liani & Jim! Congratulations on this wonderful acknowledgment of your work.

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