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National Book Award finalists -- minus Franzen

The buzz surrounding the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards has focused more on the author left off the list than the ones who made it on.

“It’s the Great American Snub,” began the AP’s story on the announcement of the finalists — referring to the absence of Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" from the list. Franzen, who graced the cover of Time magazine recently under the headline Great American Novelist, won the award nine years ago for “The Corrections.”

Here are this year’s finalists in each category:

Fiction:
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule
Nicole Krauss, Great House
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel

Nonfiction:
Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
John W. Dower, "Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq"
Patti Smith, Just Kids
Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward
Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War

Poetry:
Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City
Terrance Hayes, Lighthead
James Richardson, By the Numbers
C.D. Wright, One with Others
Monica Youn, Ignatz

Young People’s Literature:
Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker
Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
Laura McNeal, Dark Water
Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer

The winners will be announced on Nov. 17.

By Stephen Lowman  | October 13, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
 
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