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Anthony Shadid among National Book Award finalists

NEW YORK — Robert Caro, Junot Diaz and the late Anthony Shadid were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer Modified: October 10, 2012 at 11:05 am •  Published: October 10, 2012
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“When the panel chair called in we asked for author, title, and publisher,” Augenbraum said of this year's process. “Then we pulled our copies of the books, checked the information, and then later a different staff person called the panel chair back to verify all the information.”

The fiction finalists were Diaz, Powers, Eggers (”A Hologram for the King”), Erdrich (”The Round House”) and Ben Fountain, for “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.” Besides Caro, Martinez and Boo, nonfiction nominees were Applebaum for “Iron Curtain” and Shadid for the memoir “House of Stone.” Shadid, a New York Times foreign correspondent who previously worked for the Washington Post and The Associated Press, died of an asthma attack in February at age 43.

In poetry, the finalists were David Ferry's “Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations,” Cynthia Huntington's “Heavenly Bodies,” Tim Seibles's “Fast Animal,” Alan Shapiro's “Night of the Republic” and Susan Wheeler's “Meme.”

The young people's literature finalists: William Alexander's “Goblin Secrets,” Carrie Arcos's “Out of Reach,” Patricia McCormick's “Never Fall Down,” Eliot Schrefer's “Endangered” and Steve Sheinkin's “Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World's Most Dangerous Weapon.”

Judges looked through nearly 1,300 books, including 479 nonfiction works and 311 for fiction.