The Uninspired Manifesto
Thursday, October 11, 2007
'God Is Not Great' Nominated For National Book Award
NEW YORK (AP) — Should Christopher Hitchens win a National Book Award, you can be sure he won't thank any higher powers.
The author, columnist and commentator was nominated for "God Is Not Great," a polemic with a self-evident theme. Hitchens' book received mixed reviews, but became a best seller over the spring and summer and continued a wave of anti-religious works, including Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" and Daniel Dennett's "Breaking the Spell."
It was the first National Book Award nomination for the British-born Hitchens, who wasn't even eligible for the prize until last April, when on his 58th birthday he became a United States citizen. He resides in Washington, D.C., and has well lived up to the title of his featured column on Slate, "Fighting Words."
A somewhat unflattering write-up, but still good to see that it's getting some more recognition. Of course, this will most likely lead to some sort of religious protest and several more articles about how the secular left is trying to eradicate god from this country, but that's nothing unusual.