The National Book Awards are celebrating their 60th year and, perhaps taking a cue from the folks who run the Booker Awards in Britain, they are offering the public an opportunity to vote on the best National Book Award fiction winner of the past sixty years. They started a new blog a week ago that will continue till September 21, featuring a different fiction winner each day. (I've posted a link to the blog in the "links" area on this page.) Then, beginning on September 21, you can vote for your favorite, and be entered in a drawing for a trip to this year's National Book Awards ceremony later on in the fall. Whether or not you choose to participate in the voting you might want to check out the blog. I think it's pretty cool. More information -- and thumbnails of the dust jackets of all the different books -- can be found here.
Oh, and they all suggest you might want to buy some of the books at your favorite bookstore. Sounds like a good idea to me.