Jim Shepard is a finalist for the 2007 National Book Awards
The National Book Awards finalists in fiction are:
Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown & Company)
Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Jim Shepard, Like You’d Understand, Anyway (Alfred A. Knopf)
I'm delighted that Jim is getting this major recognition. He's a fine writer, an excellent teacher, and a swell human being. I studied with him at Tin House in the summer of 2006.