US book awards announce wrong shortlist
Published: 13th Oct 2011 10:05:55
Organisers of the National Book Awards in the US have mistakenly announced the wrong shortlist at their launch night.
A "miscommunication" led to Lauren Myracle's Shine being listed for the young people's literature category, instead of Franny Billingsley's Chime.
Judges decided to let the sound-alike titles compete together, with the category expanded to allow six titles.
Nominees for the main adult fiction award include last year's Orange Prize winner The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht.
The 26-year-old's haunting novel, which tells the story of a young doctor in the Balkans tracing the life of her grandfather, is one of two debut novels on the shortlist, alongside Andrew Krivak's The Soujorn.
The other nominees include The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, Binocular Vision by Edith Perlman and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.
Previous winners include Saul Bellow, William Faulkner, Jonathan Updike and Alice Walker.
This year's recipients will each win $10,000 (£6,352) at a ceremony in New York, hosted by 3rd Rock From The Sun actor John Lithgow.
There are four categories - fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people's literature - each chosen by separate panels of writers.
Explaining the error in the young literature shortlist, Harold Augebraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, said: "We made a mistake, there was a miscommunication."
"We could have taken one of the books away to keep it five, but we decided that it was better to add a sixth one as an exception, because they're all good books."
In the non-fiction category, historian Manning Marable was recognised posthumously for his biography of Malcolm X.
The book, published just days after the Columbia University professor's death, cast doubts on the official account of the black civil rights leader's death - leading to calls for a fresh investigation.
Marable's widow called the nomination "bittersweet".
"I'm heartbroken that he can't be here to have been part of this recognition. On the other hand, it's wonderful that he finished the book."
Other non-fiction nominees include, for the first time, a graphic novel - Radioactive, by Lauren Redniss, which tells the story of Marie and Pierre Curie.
Also on the shortlist are Mary Gabriel's expose of the Marx family saga, Love And Capital; and Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve, which examines how the discovery of Lucretius' poem On The Nature Of Things fuelled the Renaissance.
Rounding off the category is Deborah Baker's The Convert, an account of Margaret Marcus, a young Jewish woman in post-war New York, who renounced her faith and converted to Islam, becoming one of the West's most vocal critics in the process.
The poets shortlisted for this year's prize are Nikky Finney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Carl Phillips, Adrienne Rich and Bruce Smith.
All nominees receive $1,000 (£635) and a medal. The winners will be announced on 16 November.
At 02:01:53 in EntertainmentEverything But The Girl musician Ben Watt has been announced as part of the 15-strong longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.
At 01:57:27 in HeadlinesCoral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.
At 01:53:31 in HealthWatching action films may make you more likely to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.
At 01:38:45 in SportWith £150m of attacking talent already at his disposal, few expected Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to dip back into the transfer market for another forward.
At 01:38:02 in SportThe transfer window has closed and now clubs and managers know what they will be dealing with until it reopens on 1 January.
At 01:29:13 in ScotlandLabour MP Jim Murphy is resuming his street tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, following its suspension last week.
At 01:25:40 in ScotlandSuperfast computer technology is to be piloted in the Highlands.
At 01:20:52 in ScotlandFormer prime minister Gordon Brown has said an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.
At 01:19:02 in ScotlandChildren's entertainers The Singing Kettle have announced they are to stop performing from early next year.
At 01:15:10 in ScotlandWater voles have been recorded in a part of the Highlands for the first time in 20 years.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2011. US book awards announce wrong shortlist [Online] (Updated 13th Oct 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/193546/US-book-awards-announce-wrong-shortlist [Accessed 2nd Sep 2014]
News In Other Categories
Labour MP Jim Murphy is resuming his street tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, following its suspension last week.
Everything But The Girl musician Ben Watt has been announced as part of the 15-strong longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction.
Eight police officers have been disciplined over a failed search for a missing man who was later struck and killed by a train.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com