Artist Fellows, National Book Award finalists

Salvatore Scibona, author of The End, photo by Carlos FergusonJoan Wickersham, author of The Suicide Index

Raucously loud and exuberant congratulations to Salvatore Scibona (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) and Joan Wickersham (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08). Both were just named finalists for this year’s National Book Award! The Critical Mass blog has the breaking news.

Salvatore is a finalist in the National Book Award for Fiction; along with being an MCC Artist Fellow and an all-around excellent human, Salvatore wrote a highly-acclaimed novel, The End. Read our interview with Salvatore from this past June, where discusses his writing process and the “first book” experience.

Joan is a finalist in the Nonfiction category for her memoir The Suicide Index. Her book (and self) are similarly wonderful. Read our interview with Joan from this past August.

Click below to watch an Oscars-esque video of the National Book Award nominations. Other Massachusetts authors include Drew Gilpin Faust (nonfiction) and Frank Bidart (poetry). Awards will be announced November 19.

2008 National Book Awards Announcement from National Book Foundation.

Salvatore Scibona (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’06) will read from The End at the Cape Cod Museum of Art on Thursday, October 16, 6 PM, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown on October 25, 8 PM.

Joan Wickersham (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’08) will read at Colby College in Maine on Tuesday, October 28, 7 PM.

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