2009 National Book Awards -- Did You Vote?

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Congrats to Colum McCann for winning the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction with Let the Great World Spin!

Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal. (publisher description)

The other winners were The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Non-Fiction), Transcendental Studies by Keith Waldrop (Poetry),and Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (YA).

Flannery O'Connor's The Complete Stories won the special award for Best of National Books Award Fiction. The collection earned the special prize by 10,000 public votes. As a celebration of NBA's 60th anniversary, book lovers chose O'Connor's work in a public vote from 5 other previous National Book Awards Fiction winners. The finalists were Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Stories of John Cheever, The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty, Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, and The Collected Stories of William Faulkner.

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