The only Asian American writer on the National Book Award fiction shortlist this year is Karen Tei Yamashita. Her book, I-Hotel, published by Coffee House Press, is going to duke it out with:
- Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America (Knopf)
- Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
- Nicole Krauss’ Great House (W. W. Norton)
- Lionel Shriver’s So Much For That (Harper)
This year’s judges in fiction are:
- Joanna Scott (Chair)
- Andrei Codrescu
- Samuel R. Delany
- Sabina Murray
- Carolyn See
Karen’s publisher, Coffee House, is an indie publisher (who also publishes M. Evelina Galang and will shortly be publishing Zack Linmark’s new novel, Leche).
Self has never heard of McPherson & Co. before so she looks them up: they’re also an indie publisher.
Great, great news for indie publishers, to get their authors on the shortlist. Best of luck to Karen, self will be rooting for her.
Winners will be announced in New York City on November 17.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
2 responses to “Congratulations to Karen Tei Yamashita, Makes It to National Book Award Shortlist”
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