AP NewsBreak: Rewrite for National Book Awards

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 11:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Book Awards are getting a rewrite.

A "long list" of 10 nominees will be announced for each of the four competitive categories before being narrowed to the traditional five finalists. And the pool of judges will be expanded beyond writers to include critics, booksellers and librarians.

The changes were announced Tuesday by the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards. Publishers have been looking for ways to broaden their appeal and have looked to Britain's popular Man Booker Prize as a model.

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