Congratulations to National Book Award Nominees!

Today the National Book Foundation revealed their list of nominees for the National Book Award 2009, and we here at Vintage/Anchor are thrilled to see two future titles on the list (the first ten readers to comment will receive a free paperback edition of their choice):

Jayne Anne Philips’ LARK AND TERMITE, an “intricate, deeply felt…incandescent and utterly original” novel (according to Michiko Kakutani at the New York Times) was nominated for the 2009 NBA in Fiction.

T.J. Stiles’ THE FIRST TYCOON: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the “illuminating, authoritative portrait of Vanderbilt that has been missing for so long,” (according to Alice Schroeder at the Washington Post) received a nomination in the Nonfiction category.

An enthusiastic “congratulations!” to both from the Vintage/Anchor team.

LARK AND TERMITE will be released as a Vintage Trade Paperback in spring 2010; THE FIRST TYCOON will be available in paperback the following summer.

Congratulations as well to their fellow nominees, after the jump:


  • Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press);
  • Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House);
  • Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.);
  • Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


  • David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt);
  • Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt);
  • Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt);
  • Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)


7 thoughts on “Congratulations to National Book Award Nominees!

  1. I’ve heard good things about Lark and Termite. I’ll be interested to explore some of the other nominees as well.

  2. I have heard such great things about TJ Stiles’ The First Tycoon. I even caught a spotlight on it on CSPAN over the weekend. From I could tell, it is very well-researched, and offers a new take on an iconic American figure. Good reading!

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