David Steinberger, chairman of the National Book Foundation, announced the finalists for the National Book Awards this morning on Morning Joe, and also talked about some of the books.
Fiction finalists include Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her; Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King; Louise Erdrich, The Round House; Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk; Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds.
Watch the announcement of the rest of the finalists in non-fiction, young people's literature, and poetry, AFTER THE JUMP...
NON-FICTION: Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956; Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity; Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4; Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas; Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.
YOUTH LITERATURE: William Alexander, Goblin Secrets; Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach; Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down; Eliot Schrefer, Endangered; Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon.
POETRY: David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations; Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies; Tim Seibles, Fast Animal; Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic; Susan Wheeler, Meme.