Colum McCann wins 2009 National Book Award


As announced last night at its annual gala in NYC, Colum McCann took home the 2009 National Book Award for fiction. His novel, Let the Great World Spin, was the favorite going in. The plot centers on a group of 1970’s New Yorkers and features a cameo appearance by Philippe Petit, famous for his daring tightrope walk between the Twin Towers. McCann was nominated alongside Jayne Anne Philips and Marcel Theroux as well as two short story collections: Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage and Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. For full coverage on the awards, including the winners for poetry, nonfiction, and young adult fiction, visit the NBA’s official website. Also announced at the Awards dinner was the reader-chosen “Best of the National Book Awards” which went to Flannery O’Connor’s career spanning The Complete Stories. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

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  1. Just food for thought: The 60-yr winner, and three of the five runner-ups, were short story collections. In these days of the high regard of the novel, I am hoping the results here give more attention and respect to the short story form, and raise the awareness of the potential of short story collections. These have taken a back seat, low priority at the publishing houses. I am brainstorming methods of crusading this message, and I hope you are also!

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