The Echo Maker by Richard Powers has won the National Book Award.
In a measure of how far I've drifted from the bookstore world, I know absolutely nothing about this book (except, of course, who Richard Powers is, but that almost doesn't count). In all truth, I haven't really been excited about a National Book Award winner since The Corrections in 2001. (A complete list of winners is available here.)
The National Book Critics Circle will announce the finalists for its 2006 award in January, and the winner in March. The Pulitzer winner and finalists will be annouced simultaneously in April. The PEN/Faulkner award will be announced in May. (Orhan Pamuk was awarded the Nobel in October.)