Jonathan Franzen’s highly regarded novel “The Corrections,” which was optioned by producer Scott Rudin (Daily Variety, Aug. 1), is among finalists for the 2001 National Book Awards.
Joining Franzen in the fiction category of the National Book Foundation’s honors — the most distinguished prize in American publishing — are Dan Chaon’s “Among the Missing,” Jennifer Egan’s “Look at Me,” Louise Erdrich’s “The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse” and Susan Straight’s “Highwire Moon.”
In the nonfiction category, finalists are Marie Arana, “American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood”; Nina Bernstein, “The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care” (which has been set up at HBO); David James Duncan, “My Story as Told by Water”; Jan T. Gross, “Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland”; and Andrew Solomon, “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” which Solomon expanded from his New Yorker article “The Anatomy of Melancholy.”
Finalists in young people’s lit are: Kate DiCamillo’s “The Tiger Rising”; Phillip Hoose’s “We Were There Too! Young People in U.S. History”; Virginia Euwer Wolff’s “True Believer”; An Na’s “A Step From Heaven”; and Marilyn Nelson’s “Carver: A Life in Poems.”
In poetry, contenders are Agha Shahid Ali, “Rooms Are Never Finished”; Wanda Coleman, “Mercurochrome”; Alan Dugan, “Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry”; Cornelius Eady, “Brutal Imagination”; and Gail Mazur, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”
Also, Arthur Miller will receive the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Last year the laurel went to Ray Bradbury.
Winners will be presented Nov. 14 at a dinner at the New York Mariott Marquis, with a ceremony emceed by Steve Martin.