Unless - of course - it might happen to be *my* book in the running, it really makes no difference which books come out ahead in any awards. It is all about promotion, promotion, promotion. The author's response to location, location, location. So, here is an opportunity to watch these awards (Canada now also makes quite a televised to-do about the Gillers). And here are some sites where you can get a taste of the books. And, if you come away with the intent to purchase a book or five -the book world is in a much better state.
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By Jason Boog
The National Book Awards will be held at Cipriani Wall Street this evening. No matter where you live, you can watch the festivities on the Internet starting at 7:50 pm ET tonight.
If you want to read the finalists before the big night, we’ve collected free samples of the finalists in all the categories. Who is your favorite this year?
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King
Louise Erdrich, The Round House
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds
Little, Brown and Company