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The 2006 National Book Award Finalists

On Wednesday, October 11, the 20 finalists for the 2006 National Book Awards were announced by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in front of his San Francisco bookstore, City Lights Books. The winners in each of four categories -- Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature -- will be announced at the National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony in Manhattan on November 15. Fran Lebowitz will host the dinner. Each winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze statue; each finalist will receive a $1,000 cash award and a bronze medal.

The finalists are:


Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (Pantheon)
A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus (Ecco/HarperCollins)
The Echo Maker by Richard Powers (FSG)
Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta (Scribner/S&S)
The Zero by Jess Walter (Judith Regan Books/HarperCollins) -- A September Book Sense Pick

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 by Taylor Branch (S&S)
Imperial Life in the Emerald City : Inside Iraq 's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Knopf)
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin) -- A January Book Sense Pick
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China 's Past and Present by Peter Hessler (HarperCollins)
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)

Averno by Louise Gluck (FSG)
Chromatic by H.L. Hix (Etruscan Press)
Angle of Yaw by Ben Lerner ( Copper Canyon )
Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey (New Directions)
Capacity by James McMichael (FSG)
Young People's Literature

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt ( Front Street Books/Boyds Mills)
Sold by Patricia McCormick (Hyperion Books for Children)
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin (Dial/Penguin)
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (First Second/Holtzbrinck)
To be eligible for a 2006 National Book Award, a book must have been published in the U.S. between December 1, 2005, and November 30, 2006, and must have been written by a U.S. citizen. This year the judges chose from a record 1,259 entries submitted by publishers. The Young People's Literature category had the biggest jump in entries with an additional 53 titles over last year.

At the National Book Awards ceremony, the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation will bestow its 2006 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters upon poet Adrienne Rich, and the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Robert Silvers and, posthumously, Barbara Epstein, co-founders of The New York Review of Books.

For additional information about the 20 finalists and the special events that will take place during "National Book Awards Week," visit
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