The presenter this year is Francine Prose, also the chair of the judges.
Lebowitz said that, given the laundry list of Prose’s achievements, she “has the envy of Joyce Carol Oates.”
She is boasting about what a pleasure it was to read the books. She talked every few weeks with her fellow panelists. “I often thought this was how writers talk about books. And I often thought that I wish everybody talked about books this year.” She is forced to name these authors alphabetically.
And the fiction winner is Denis Johnson!