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October 27, 2004

Meet Your National Book Award Fiction Nominees

by Ron Hogan

The Christian Science Monitor summarizes "the strangest, most obscure selection of finalists anyone can remember" for the National Book Award's fiction prize--which I guess means nobody remembers two years ago, when Julia Glass beat out Mark Costello, Adam Haslett, Martha McPhee, and Brad Watson. Meanwhile, Sarah Stodola offers her own unique perspective on this year's nominees, and even throws in Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek and Man Booker recipient Alan Hollinghurst for good measure. And GalleyCat saw Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, which puts her one up on me and probably you.


I'm delighted you're in the corner of supporting these incredible talented artists, thanks for offering up the links. I do have to humbly disagree with Ms. Stodola's comment: "She [Christine Schutt] is one of the few graduates of Columbia's MFA program to have actually gone on to have a literary career to speak of" - I consider Jonathan Ames (95), Mary Jo Bang (88), Thomas Beller (91), Larry Dark (89), Susan Hertog (93), Heidi Julavits (96), Susan Minot (83), Rick Moody (86), Matthew Sharpe (93), Brenda Shaughnessy (93)...among many, many others to have wonderful, rich careers.

Posted by: felicia at October 27, 2004 02:34 PM

Amy Koppelman!

Posted by: Dan Wickett at October 27, 2004 06:58 PM
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