Four National Book Awards finalists have Florida connections
Florida made a strong showing this morning when the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for its 2016 National Book Awards in four categories.
Jay Hopler, a professor in the creative writing program at the University of South Florida in Tampa, is a finalist in the poetry category for his collection The Abridged History of Rainfall. The book, inspired by the death of his father, will be published by McSweeney's in November.
Three NBA finalists have ties to the University of Florida in Gainesville. Ibram X. Kendi, an assistant professor of African-American history at UF, is a finalist in nonfiction for Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which employs a history of five American intellectuals to examine racism.
Beloved children's author Kate DiCamillo, who grew up in Clermont and earned her BA in English at UF, is a finalist in young people's literature for her novel Raymie Nightingale, which is set in a small town in Florida.
And Chris Bachelder, a fiction finalist for his novel The Throwback Special, about a group of men who gather each year to re-enact a disastrous football game, earned an MFA in UF's creative writing program.
The winners will be announced at a gala in New York City on Nov. 16. Find a complete list of NBA finalists here.