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The Center for Fiction (formerly the Mercantile Center) has just announced the short list for the First Novel Prize 2009 (formerly the John Sargent Sr. prize) and American Rust by Philipp Meyer (Spiegel & Grau), The Vagrants by Yiyun Lin (Random House) and Woodsburner by John Pipkin (Nan A. Talese) are among the five finalists. The winner will be announced November 9th. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (Dial Press) won last year's prize.
David Wessel's In FED We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic (Crown Business) is among six finalists for FT/Goldman Sachs 2009 Business Book of the Year.
William D. Cohan's The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. (Anchor) won the award in 2007.
The Man Booker Prize 2009 short list has been announced and The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt, which will be available from Knopf on October 6, is among the six finalists. A.S. Byatt is in the running for a second winher novel Possession won the Booker Prize in 1990.