October 6, 2011 Ann Patchett’s novel, State of Wonder is one of six finalists for the 2011 Wellcome Trust Book Prize. The award, which will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 9, honors a literary work about health, illness, or medicine. In addition to State of Wonder, finalists this year include two works of nonfiction and three novels. The award carries a prize of £25,000 (about $40,000).
Patchett’s nomination marks the third year in a row–for an award that has existed only three years–in which a writer with Tennessee ties has been shortlisted for this prize: former Johnson City physician Abraham Verghese was a finalist in 2009 for his novel, Cutting for Stone, and former Memphis writer Rebecca Skloot won the 2010 award for her book of nonfiction, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
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