Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7 P.M.
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Junot Diaz (Photo by Nina Subin)
NEW YORK, November 9, 2012- One day before the annual National Book Awards ceremony, Creative Writing at The New School will host a reading with the finalists in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature. The sold-out event will be livestreamed at from The New School's historic Tishman Auditroium on November 13 at 7 P.M.

"We are always honored to co-present this reading with our friends at the National Book Foundation," said New School Director of Writing Programs Robert Polito. "This year advances an especially impressive roster across all categories, including our own alumna Patricia McCormick among the Young People's Literature nominees."

"We are very pleased to continue this multi-year collaboration with The New School," said Harold Augenbraum, presenter of the National Book Awards. "At the National Book Foundation we believe that the ability of students to see and hear authors of this stature will only enhance their understanding of how the literary art form can enrich their educational lives."

Since 1936, the National Book Awards have honored American literature's greatest contemporary authors. This year's finalists are:

Junot Diaz, This is How You Lose Her
Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King
Louise Erdrich, The Round House
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds

Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4
Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas
Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, (posthumous)

David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies
Tim Seibles, Fast Animal
Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic
Susan Wheeler, Meme

Young People's Literature
William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach
Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down
Eliot Schrefer, Endangered
Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

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