Marcel Theroux has been shortlisted for the American National Book Award 2009 for his novel Far North, which was published in 2009 by Faber & Faber in the UK, FSG in the US and McClelland & Stewart in Canada.
The National Book Award is America's most prestigious literary prize and for the last sixty years has been rewarding quality writing within the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature.
Far North tells the story of the crumbling of civilisation. The protagonist, Makepeace, is the only surviving resident of an American settlement in the Arctic area of Russia and embarks on a solitary voyage in search of the remnants of society. The Independent has called Theroux "a master storyteller".
The winner of the $10,000 prize will be revealed at the 60th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, hosted by Andy Borowitz on 18 November 2009.