October 18, 2002
YLS Student Nominated for 2002 National Book Award
In the biography of Adam Haslett provided by the National Book Foundation to announce his nomination for the 2002 National Book Award, one sentence stands out amidst a list of publications and writing fellowships: "He is currently a student at Yale Law School."
Haslett's collection of short stories, You Are Not a Stranger Here, was one of only five fiction books selected by a panel of judges as finalists for this year's award. Winners in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature) will be announced at the National Book Award Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, November 20. All of the finalists will also participate in readings and book signings.
Haslett is currently in his final year at Yale Law School. He wrote some of the stories in You Are Not a Stranger Here before beginning law school and composed others in a break between his first and second years. (He described the tensions between studying law and writing fiction in an @YLS story earlier this year.)
After You Are Not a Stranger Here was released in June, it was selected for NBC's Today Show Book Club (read about it here), and reached the top fifteen on the New York Times bestseller list.
Haslett's fellow nominees for the 2002 National Book Award are Mark Costello, for Big If; Julia Glass, for Three Junes; Martha McPhee, for Gorgeous Lies; and Brad Watson, for The Heaven of Mercury.