SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -Authors from all over the country are being recognized for their literary works. New York bestselling author Pat Conroy officially announced the 20 finalists for the 2010 National Book Foundation Awards at the Flannery O'Connor childhood home located in the heart of Savannah.
This is the first time in 61 the awards were announced in Savannah.
"When you get an award that's been chose by people who are trying to do something your doing and they say you've done it successfully then you've gained something," said Naitional Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum.
The finalists for fiction are:
- Peter Carey, "Parrot and Olivier in America
- Jaimy Gordon, "Lord of Misrule
- Nicole Krauss, "Great House"
- Lionel Shriver, "So Much for That"
- Karen Tei Yamshita, "I Hotel"
Nonfiction finalists are:
- Barbara Demick, "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea"
- John W. Dower. "Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq"
- Patti Smith, "Just Kids"
- Justin Spring, "Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward"
- Megan K. Stcak, "Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War"
Poetry finalists are:
- Kathleen Graber, "The Eternal City"
- Terrance Hayes, "Lighthead"
- James Richardson, "By the Numbers"
- C.D. Wright, "One with Others"
- Monica Youn, "Ignatz"
Finalists for Young People's Literature are:
- Paolo Bacigalupi, "Ship Breaker"
- Kathryn Erskine, "Mockingbird"
- Laura McNeal, "Dark Water"
- Walter Dean Myers, "Lockdown"
- Rita Williams-Garcia, "One Crazy Summer"