The National Book Award Finalists have been announced...one of which is a debut fiction writer!
Here's a quick intro to the article on Publishers Weekly:
List includes one debut fiction writer, three previous NBA finalists and the second graphic novel in the Awards' history
By Lynn Andriani -- Publishers Weekly, 10/14/2009 10:17:00 AM
The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2009 National Book Awards. One debut fiction writer made the list, as well as three previous NBA finalists and the second graphic novel in the Awards’ history. Farrar, Straus & Giroux landed three nominations and Holt two giving Macmillan five nominees. Random House has three finalists, one from Little Random and two from Knopf; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Norton each nabbed two...read more