National Book Critics Circle Announce the Familiar

American SalvageSome familiar names flew at the Housing Works Bookstore last night when the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2009 awards. Recently coming off of her National Book Award nomination, Kalamzaoo resident Bonnie Jo Campbell’s short story collection American Salvage (Wayne State University Press) is once again making the fiction list.

Similarly reappearing in the non-fiction category is author Greg Grandin’s Fordlandia:  The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books) for his fascinating account of Henry Ford’s attempt to establish a “rubber kingdom” in Brazil. Both books were also selected as 2010 Michigan Notable Books.

Established in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle is a non-profit organization consisting of “more than 600 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing”. The awards for the 2009 honors will be  presented on Thursday, March 11, at The New School in New York.

*As always, support your local bookstores and universities. It matters!

-Post by Megan Shaffer (with a nod to Nancy)

Related Links:

2010 Michigan Notable Books!

National Book Critics full finalist list

Arts Beat Blog: NYTimes

Michigan Represents at National Book Awards

On Wednesday the National Book Foundation will announce the 2009 winners of the National Book Award at a celebration in New York. According to the site, “The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.”

With an impressive showing, two Michigan authors will be on hand this year to “represent” with Bonnie Jo Campbell’s short story collection American Salvage and graphic artist and novelist David Small’s Stitches. Both were shortlisted for this year’s award. Making the nonfiction list and also pertaining to our fine state is author Greg Grandin’s Fordlandia, the fascinating account of Henry Ford’s attempt of establishing a “rubber kingdom” in Brazil.

In its fourth year, one of the biggie events is the “5 Under 35” which “…is a celebration of emerging talent and the perfect way to kick off National Book Awards Week,” as stated by Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the foundation.

Stay tuned and best of luck to our Michigan authors as we continue to prove ourselves as a state of fine culture and talent!

-Post by Megan Shaffer