National Book Award Finalists Are Announced

BY ANTHONY COOK, Editor-in-Chief

p_phillipsFinalists for the National Book Award were announced this week. Here at Sycamore Review, we were excited to see that Speak Low by Carl Phillips was nominated in poetry. Phillips recently visited us here at Purdue University and sat down for a gracious interview, which will be published in our upcoming Winter/Spring issue. We’ll probably post a portion of it online soon.

You can also expect a review of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage, which was nominated in fiction, to be posted here, so be sure to check back.

Here is the complete list of finalists in fiction, poetry and nonfiction:

FICTION
Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)
Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)
Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

POETRY
Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)
Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin)
Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy
(University of California Press)

NONFICTION
David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)
Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)
T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
(Alfred A. Knopf)