Several finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards are in the Cobb County Public Library System’s Adult and Juvenile collections. The National Book Association is to announce the winners in a November 20 ceremony in New York City.
- Fiction: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner; The lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri; The good lord bird by James McBride; Bleeding edge by Thomas Pynchon; and Tenth of December: stories by George Saunders.
- Non-fiction: Book of Ages by Jill Lepore; Hitler’s Furies by Wendy Lower; The unwinding: an inner history of the new America by George Packer; The internal enemy: slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor – this item is on order; and Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright.
- Young People’s Literature: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt; The thing about luck by Cynthia Kadohata; Far far away by Tom McNeal; Picture me gone by Meg Rosoff; and Boxers & Saints, a two-volume set by Gene Luen Yang (on order).
- Poetry: Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart; Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido; The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka; Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen; and Incarnadine by Mary Szbist.
The NBA winners in 2012 were:
- Fiction: The round house by Louise Erdrich
- Non-fiction: Behind the beautiful forevers: life, death, and hope in a Mumbai University by Katherine Boo
- Young People’s Literature: Goblin secrets by William Alexander
- Poetry: Bewilderment: new poems and translations by David Ferry