Pat Conroy to announce 2010 National Book Award Finalists in Savannah (updated x2)

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Acclaimed novelist Pat Conroy will announce the 2010 National Book Award Finalists on Oct. 13 at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah.

A full rundown on the National Book Awards and the Conroy announcement can be found here.

Although the National Book Foundation notes that Conroy is a Georgia native, we of course also know that his roots in Beaufort are just as deep and that he is one of Beaufort's favorite sons.

In case you missed it, Conroy and his daughter, Melissa, recently were interviewed by Lowcountry Weekly. Find it here.

Updated Oct. 13: WSAV has a brief on today's awards presentation that you can find here. We'll update with the winners when we see them.

Oct. 13 p.m. update: Publishers Weekly has the list of National Book Award Finalists announced by Pat Conroy this morning in Savannah. also has the nominees along with links to purchase the titles.

And the nominees are:


Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America
Alfred A. Knopf

Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule
McPherson & Co.

Nicole Krauss, Great House
W.W. Norton & Co.

Lionel Shriver, So Much for That
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel
Coffee House Press


Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group

John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
W.W. Norton & Co. and The New Press

Patti Smith, Just Kids
Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War


Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City
Princeton University Press

Terrance Hayes, Lighthead  
Viking Penguin

James Richardson, By the Numbers 
Copper Canyon Press

C.D. Wright, One with Others
Copper Canyon Press

Monica Youn, Ignatz 
Four Way Books

Young People’s Literature

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker 
Little, Brown & Co.

Kathryn  Erskine, Mockingbird 
Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Laura McNeal, Dark Water 
Alfred A. Knopf

Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown 
Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer 
Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers