Video: Finalists Reading for 2012 Awards


Twenty-one of our thirty finalists read from their work last night at The New School. The event began with introductions from Luis Jaramillo, Associate Chair of The New School Writing Program, and Eric Banks, President of the National Book Critics Circle. Readers are listed below in order of appearance.


David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)
Allan Peterson, Fragile Acts (McSweeney's Books)
A. E. Stallings, Olives (TriQuarterly: Northwestern University Press)

Paul Elie, Reinventing Bach (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Daniel Mendelsohn, Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (New York Review Books)
Kevin Young, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (Graywolf Press)

Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us (Atria Books)
Maureen N. McLane, My Poets (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), reading by George Hodgman, Anthony Shadid's longtime editor

Lisa Cohen, All We Know: Three Lives (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Michael Gorra, Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece (A Liveright Book: W. W. Norton)
Tom Reiss, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Crown Publishers)

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)
Steve Coll, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (The Penguin Press)
Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story (A Liveright Book: W. W. Norton)
Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner)

Laurent Binet, HHhH, tr. by Sam Taylor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Ecco)
Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son (Random House)
Lydia Millet, Magnificence (W. W. Norton)
Zadie Smith, NW (The Penguin Press)