Adding more luster to the lineup at next month’s Miami Book Fair International, the National Book Award finalists announced Wednesday morning include two authors with scheduled appearances at the fair.
Among the five finalists in the fiction category is the short story collection “This Is How You Lose Her,” by Junot Diaz (pictured), also a recent MacArthur “genius grant” winner. Diaz’s 2008 novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” won the Pulitzer Prize. Other fiction finalists for a National Book Award are “A Hologram for the King,” by Dave Eggers; “The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich; “The Yellow Birds,” by Kevin Powers; and “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” by Ben Fountain.
The nonfiction category includes “The Passage of Power,” the fourth volume from indomitable Lyndon Johnson biographer Robert Caro, also scheduled to appear at MBFI. Other nonfiction finalists are: “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” by Katherine Boo; “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956,” by Anne Applebaum; the memoir “The Boy Kings of Texas,” by Domingo Martinez; and “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East,” by Anthony Shadid.
Miami Book Fair International is Nov. 11-18 at Miami Dade College in downtown Miami. Info: MiamiBookFair.com.
The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced at a Nov. 14 ceremony in New York.