Sunday, October 15, 2006

Literature professor Nathaniel Mackey named National Book Award finalist By Scott Rappaport

Literature professor Nathaniel Mackey has been named a finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards. The winners will be announced at a benefit ceremony hosted by writer Fran Lebowitz at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on November 15. The awards are presented annually by the National Book Foundation.

Mackey is a finalist in the poetry category for his latest book, Splay Anthem. The finalists were selected by four panels of judges who were asked to choose the best books of the year from nearly 13,000 entries submitted by publishers.

“Many of this year's selections take risks in their narrative structure, voice and subject matter,” noted Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation. “In every category, the nominated works represent powerful writing and new approaches to often difficult topics.”


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