The Business of Book Awards

Except for those in the book business, the annual presentation of the National Book Awards is pretty much a non-event, compared to awards like the Oscars or the Emmys. This evening's ceremonies in New York City aren't likely to be much different. But controversies over the nomination of the 9/11 Commission Report and five relatively unknown writers have drawn attention to the prize in 2004.

Guests:

Laura Miller, book critic for the online magazine Salon.com

Charlotte Abbot, book news editor, Publisher's Weekly

Tom McGuane, former National Book Award judge; most recent book is Cadence of Grass

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, author of the nominated Madeleine Is Sleeping

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