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The 2014 National Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday.  You can watch a live stream of the ceremony, which begins at 7:40 p.m. ET in New York City.

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Anthony Doerr (“All the Light We Cannot See”) and Roz Chast (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”), both past guests on “Well Read,” are among the finalists.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s finalists:



  • Roz Chast, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”
  • Anand Gopal, “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes”
  • John Lahr, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh”
  • Evan Osnos, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China”
  • Edward O. Wilson, “The Meaning of Human Existence”


  • Louise Glück, “Faithful and Virtuous Night”
  • Fanny Howe, “Second Childhood”
  • Maureen N. McLane, “This Blue”
  • Fred Moten, “The Feel Trio”
  • Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An American Lyric”

Young Literature

  • Eliot Schrefer, “Threatened”
  • Steve Sheinkin, “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights”
  • John Corey Whaley, “Noggin”
  • Deborah Wiles, “Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two”
  • Jacqueline Woodson, “Brown Girl Dreaming”


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