The list of finalists for this year’s National Book Awards has been released, and our own Ben Fountain is on it. An enthusiastic high-five goes out to Fountain, who not only deserves the honor but is one of the nicest fellows you could ever hope to meet. If you haven’t read Zac’s profile of Fountain, now’s a good time to dig in. And when you’re finished with that, read Fountain’s wonderful book, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Highly recommended.