‘Far North,’ ‘Tycoon’ Are National Book Award Finalists

Higher-profile titles passed over for global-warming novel, Vanderbilt bio.

Last Updated: October 14, 2009 @ 12:10 PM

Tycoons, evolution and the environment were among the subjects of this year’s National Book Award nominees.

Marcel Theroux’s global-warming novel, ”Far North,” and T.J. Stiles’ ”The First Tycoon,” a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, were some of the finalists announced Wednesday. Two books about evolution, including a story for young people about Charles Darwin, were also nominated.

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