September 24 – October 1, 2009 Edition

Public Asked to Vote on Book Awards

Organizers of the National Book Awards are asking the public to choose the best fiction book in the awards’ 60-year history. Chosen by 140 writers from across the country, the six finalists for the National Book Foundation’s prestigious literary prize are: "The Stories of John Cheever," Ralph Ellison’s "Invisible Man," William Faulkner’s "Collected Stories," "The Complete Stories" of Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Pynchon’s "Gravity Rainbow" and "The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty."

Readers can cast their votes now through October 21 at The winner will be revealed November 18.

E-mail addresses from participants will be entered for a drawing to win two tickets to the 60th National Book Awards on November 18, 2009 and two nights in the Marriott Hotel Downtown, compliments of Marriott.