1. And the Nominees Are...

    The National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction Announced

    The National Book Foundation announced Thursday the 2013 National Book Award longlist for fiction, and among the nominees are four National Book Award winners and finalists, a Pulitzer Prize winner and finalist, recipients of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship, and a debut novelist.

    Publishers submitted a total of 408 books for the fiction prize. The entire longlist of 40 books in four categories is now available on The Daily Beast. The National Book Award finalists will be announced on October 16, and the winners will be named at a gala dinner and ceremony in New York on November 20.

    The 2013 fiction longlist:

    Pacific by Tom Drury

    The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver

    The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

    The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

    The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

    Someone by Alice McDermott

    Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

    Tenth of December by George Saunders

    Fools by Joan Silber

    Read it at The Daily Beast