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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Getting my Judge-hat ready--

Can you imagine how many little boxes of books will be chattering and clamoring at my front door, trying to break in? Our first conference call is at the start of May...

from Publishers Weekly Daily:  NBA Entry Process Now Open to Publishers The National Book Foundation has issued entry forms and guidelines for the 2012 National Book Awards. The organization has also released the names of the 20 judges who will be choosing the award winners of the four prizes: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature.

On the fiction panel, the judges are: Stacey D'Erasmo, Kent Haruf, Dinaw Mengestu, Lorrie Moore and Janet Peer. The nonfiction panel judges are: Brad Gooch, Linda Gordon, Woody Holton, Susan Orlean, Judith Shulevitz. Judging poetry this year are: Laura Kasischke, Dana Levin, Maurice Manning, Patrick Rosal and Tracy K. Smith. And the judges for young people's literature are: Judith Ortiz Cofer, Susan Cooper, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Gary D. Schmidt and Marly Youmans

Publishers can contact Amy Gall ( for award guidelines and, for bios of the judges, users can go to

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Also--The Throne of Psyche discount:
In celebration of the new book and National Poetry Month,
Mercer is offering The Throne of Psyche

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  1. And make room for another hat! Awesome.

  2. I can't imagine a better person for this, quite honestly.

    Hope you have fun doing this!

  3. Oh, that's sweet! Thanks, Paul--

    I think my only problem will be getting books when I'm out of town... Haven't quite puzzled that part out yet.

    And it will be interesting, I'm sure.

  4. Wow! That's exciting... I hope they don't pile up at the door and freak you out when you return.

  5. I'm sure the guys will stack them up somewhere... Probably be waiting for me in the guest room.

  6. Wow, I'm sure you'll have so much fun reading all of those worthy entries. I'm sure by the end it will be nail biting time. Congrats, Marly! I"m so excited for you!

  7. Oh, Hilary, I am sure would would love to read the mountain of books! Thanks so much!

  8. Congratulations, Marly! It will be very interesting to read more about this, down the road.

  9. We can't talk about the particulars of discussions, but the overall shape of how the process works is proving interesting.


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.