Hitchens – National Book Award Finalist

Christopher Hitchens has been nominated as one of five books for the National Book Award in the non-fiction category, for his latest, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

Here’s the complete list for those who are interested.

Fiction
Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown & Company)
Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Jim Shepard, Like You’d Understand, Anyway (Alfred A. Knopf)

Nonfiction
Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying (Alfred A. Knopf)
Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Twelve/Hachette Book Group USA)
Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Arnold Rampersad, Ralph Ellison: A Biography (Alfred A. Knopf)
Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)

Poetry

Linda Gregerson, Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Robert Hass, Time and Materials (Ecco/HarperCollins)
David Kirby, The House on Boulevard St. (Louisiana State University Press)
Stanley Plumly, Old Heart (W.W. Norton & Company)
Ellen Bryant Voigt, Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (W.W. Norton & Company)

Young People’s Literature

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown & Company)
Kathleen Duey, Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One (Atheneum Books for
Young Readers)
M. Sindy Felin, Touching Snow (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic Press)
Sara Zarr, Story of a Girl (Little, Brown & Company)

Though he has a 20% chance, who wants to bet on it?

Winners will be announced on November14.

3 thoughts on “Hitchens – National Book Award Finalist

  1. I don’t know anything about the award nor have I read any of the other books he’s up against. I can only hope that whoever wins deserves it for the book they’ve written and that someone like Hitchens doesn’t get snubbed because of the subject matter.

  2. Chief said: ” I can only hope that whoever wins deserves it for the book they’ve written and that someone like Hitchens doesn’t get snubbed because of the subject matter.”

    I don’t think we need worry about that. He got nominated. As SI said, it’s an honor to even get the nomination. An honor that Richard Dawkins didn’t get – at least for the God Delusion.

    If Hitchens wins, the religious community will say that The NBA is a “leftist” book society – but it would still be kind of nice! That’s why I wish Dawkins had been nominated. I think more average people are aware of The God Delusion, so it would make a bigger impact.

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