Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vidal, Proulx Win Book Awards National Honor Also Goes to A.R. Ammons for Poetry Collection

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vidal, Proulx Win Book Awards National Honor Also Goes to A.R. Ammons for Poetry Collection

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Gore Vidal won at the 43rd annual National Book Awards for a collection of essays, and E. Annie Proulx won the fiction award for her novel "The Shipping News."

A.R. Ammons won the poetry award for a collection titled "Garbage." He also won the award in 1973.

The National Book Foundation considered 609 books before paring down the field to the 15 finalists, said Neil Baldwin, the group's executive director. The finalists all are Americans whose work was published since Dec. 1, 1992.

Each winner received $10,000, and each finalist, $1,000. The awards were presented Wednesday.

Vidal won the nonfiction award for "United States: Essays 1952-1992." He did not attend the ceremony.

Proulx said, "There's a point in your life when you quit expecting wonderful and delightful things to happen to you, and I passed that point a long time ago."

Going up against Proulx in the fiction category was the 1985 winner, Bob Shacochis, who was a finalist for "Swimming the Volcano."

Another fiction finalist was Thom Jones, a former Marine, boxer, janitor and advertising copywriter who wrote "The Pugilist at Rest. …

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