Thursday, October 16, 2008

Matthiessen Is National Book Award Nominee -

Matthiessen Is National Book Award Nominee - "Talk about second chances: Peter Matthiessen, 81, received a National Book Award nomination Wednesday for 'Shadow Country,' an 890-page revision of a trilogy of novels he released in the 1990s.

Others in the fiction category included Marilynne Robinson for 'Home,' a companion novel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Gilead'; Aleksandar Hemon for 'The Lazarus Project'; and debut authors Salvatore Scibona ('The End') and Rachel Kushner ('Telex From Cuba').

Among the nonfiction finalists were Chevy Chase, Md.'s Jane Mayer for 'The Dark Side,' an investigation into the war against terrorism, and Annette Gordon-Reed's 'The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.' Winners, each of whom receives $10,000, will be announced Nov. 19.

A few major names were left off this year's list: Philip Roth, John Updike, Toni Morrison and Jhumpa Lahiri."


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