Maybe it was just the way the cards fell this year.
Still, it does stick out.
In some sectors, the National Book Award is better regarded than the Pulitzer.
Panels of five respected judges are assembled for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. They draw up "long lists" of 10 books (an innovation begun last year). A long list is a nice thing, a way of honoring a group of high achievers. A short list follows, and then the award itself.
The long list in nonfiction for 2014 came out on Sept. 17. The short list comes Wednesday, and the winner Nov. 19. The list has...