Berkeley author, Mother Jones founder, and UC Berkeley Journalism professor Adam Hochshild’s book on the international movement to end slavery has been nominated for a National Book Award. Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, is a nominee in non-fiction, along with Joan Didion’s, A Year of Magical Thinking; Alan Burdick’s, Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion; Leo Damrosh’s Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius; and Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn’s, 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.
There are some big names in the fiction category. E.L. Doctorow’s The March, is a nominee, as is William T. Vollman’s European Central; Mary Gaitskill’s Veronica; Rene Steinke’s Holy Skirts; and Christopher Sorrentino’s Trance.
I will admit I have not read a single one of these books. So much for thinking I was slightly well read.