For the first time, a graphic novel, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss, has been nominated as a nonfiction finalist for the US National Book Awards, announced on October 12.
The nominees for the 62nd National Book Awards include five books each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature categories. The honor, considered the most prestigious of the major American literary prizes, is comparable to Britain's Man Booker Prize.
An excerpt of Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout can be viewed on the author's website, http://laurenredniss.com/, and Raidon, a game based on the book, can be played at the exhibition page at the New York Public Library: http://exhibitions.nypl.org/radioactive/.
Also a favorite in the non-fiction category is Malcolm X by Manning Marable, who died days before publication.
Among the other finalists selected by the National Book Foundation is a debut novel by Belgrade-born Tea Obrecht, The Tiger's Wife, and Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones, a family story about facing Hurricane Katrina.
The awards will be presented November 16 in New York City at a ceremony hosted by comedian John Lithgow, where the winner will receive $10,000.
The 20 nominees follow:
Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn
Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision
Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
Young People's Literature:
Chime by Franny Billingsley
My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa
Double Shadow by Carl Phillips
Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010 by Adrienne Rich
Devotions by Bruce Smith