Name noms at book nods

Doctorow, Didion, Gaitskill up for top prizes

NEW YORK — Literary legends dot the list of the National Book Award nominations, as E.L. Doctorow, Joan Didion and Mary Gaitskill are all up for America’s biggest book prize.

Doctorow, a five-time winner and scribe of several books adapted into films, including “Ragtime” and “Billy Bathgate,” is nominated for Civil War epic “The March.” Gaitskill, whose short story “Secretary” was the basis for the indie film, is up for gritty tale “Veronica.” Both are in the fiction category.

Didion is shortlisted for her tragic memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking.”

These well-known names follow kudofest controversy last year over obscure fiction nominees.

Rene Steinke, William Vollman and Chris Sorrentino are also nominated in fiction.

Sept. 11 saga “102 Minutes,” optioned to Columbia, is another nonfiction nominee.

The nominees for 2005 National Book Award Finalists:

Fiction
E.L. Doctorow, “The March” (Random House)
Mary Gaitskill, “Veronica” (Pantheon)

Christopher Sorrentino, “Trance” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Rene Steinke, “Holy Skirts” (William Morrow)

William T. Vollmann, “Europe Central” (Viking)

Nonfiction
Alan Burdick, “Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Leo Damrosch, “Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius” (Houghton Mifflin)
Joan Didion, “The Year of Magical Thinking” (Alfred A. Knopf)
Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, “102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers” (Times Books)
Adam Hochschild, “Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves” (Houghton Mifflin)

Poetry
John Ashbery, “Where Shall I Wander” (Ecco)
Frank Bidart, “Star Dust: Poems” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Brendan Galvin, “Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005” (Louisiana State U. Press)
W.S. Merwin, “Migration: New and Selected Poems” (Copper Canyon Press)
Vern Rutsala, “The Moment’s Equation” (Ashland Poetry Press)

Young People’s Literature
Jeanne Birdsall, “The Penderwicks” (Alfred A. Knopf)
Adele Griffin, “Where I Want to Be” (Putnam)
Chris Lynch, “Inexcusable” (Atheneum)
Walter Dean Myers, “Autobiography of My Dead
Brother” (HarperTempest)
Deborah Wiles, “Each Little Bird That Sings” (Harcourt)

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