The finalists for the 2009 National Book Awards have been announced. The winners will be revealed on November 18, 2009 at the 60th anniversary celebration of the National Book Foundation in New York City.
The finalists for fiction are: Bonnie Jo Campell for "American Salvage", Colum McCann for "Let the Great World Spin", Daniyal Mueenuddin for "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders", Jayne Anne Phillips for "Lark and Termite", and Marcel Theroux for "Far North".
The finalists for non-fiction are: David M. Carroll for "Following the Water: A Hydroromancer's Notebook", Sean B. Carroll for "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species", Greg Grandin for "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City", Adrienne Mayor for "The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy", and T.J. Stiles for "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt".
The finalists for poetry are: Rae Armantrout for "Versed", Ann Lauterbach for "Or to Begin Again", Carl Phillips for "Speak Low", Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon for "Open Interval", and Keith Waldrop for "Transcendental Studies: A Triology".
The finalists for young people's literature are: Deborah Heiligman for "Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith", Phillip Hoose for "Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice", David Small for "Stitches", Laini Taylor for "Lips Touch: Three Times", and Rita Williams-Garcia for "Jumped".