The winners of the 1979 National Book Awards will be announced on April 23. Judges for the various categories are: Biography and Autobiography-Fawn Brodie, John Clive, and Justin Kaplan ; Children's Literature-Eleanor Cameron, Robert Coles, and Priscilla Moxom ; Contemporary Thought-Michael Arlen, Kenneth B. Clark, and Joyce Carol Oates ; Fiction-Alison Lurie, Mary Lee Seatle, and Wallace Stegner ; History-James H. Billington, Shelby Foote, and Robin Winks ; Poetry-Elizabeth Bishop, Michael S. Harper, and Anthony Hecht ; Translation-Richard Miller, Alastair Reid, and Eliot Weinberger. The following books were nominated for the awards :

Biography and Autobiography

REMEMBERING POETS: Reminiscences and Opinions, by Donald Hall (Harper & Row)

AMERICAN CAESAR: Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, by William Manchester (Little, Brown)

PRODIGAL FATHER: The life of John Butler Yeats (1839-1922), by William M. Murphy (Cornell)

WOMAN OF LETTERS: A Life of Virginia Woolf, by Phyllis Rose (Oxford)

ROBERT KENNEDY AND HIS TIMES, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (Houghton Mifflin)

Children's Literature

THE FIRST TWO LIVES OF LUKAS-KASHA, by Lloyd Alexander (Dutton)

QUEEN OF HEARTS, by Vera and Bill Cleaver (Lippincott)

HUMBUG MOUNTAIN, by Sid Fleischman, illustrations by Eric von Schmidt (Atlantic/Little, Brown)

THE LITTLE SWINEHERD AND OTHER TALES, by Paula Fox, illustrations by Leonard Lubin (Dutton/Robbins)

THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)

Contemporary Thought

STABLE PEACE, by Kenneth E. Boulding (Texas)

THIS HOUSE OF SKY: Landscapes of a Western Mind, by Ivan Doig (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

NEW YORK JEW, by Alfred Kazin (Knopf)

THE SNOW LEOPARD, by Peter Matthiessen (Viking)

MODERN ART: 19th and 20th Centuries, by Meyer Schapiro (Braziller)

Fiction

THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER, by John Cheever (Knopf)

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, by John Irving (Dutton/Robbins)

LYING LOW, by Diane Johnson (Knopf)

GOING AFTER CACCIATO, by Tim O'Brien (Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence)

THE FAMILY, by David Plante (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)

History

KINGS OF PEOPLE: Power and the Mandate to Rule, by Reinhard Bendix (California)

GERMANY 1866-1945, by Gordon A. Craig Oxford)

INTELLECTUAL LIFE IN THE COLONIAL SOUTH 1585-1763, by Richard Beale Davis (Tennessee)

THE AMERICAN RAILROAD PASSENGER CAR, by John H. White, Jr. (Johns Hopkins)

INVENTING AMERICAN: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, by Garry Wills (Doubleday)

Peotry

AMERICAN JOURNAL, by Robert Hayden (Effendi)

THE YEAR OF OUR BIRTH, by Sandra Mcpherson (Ecco)

MIRABELL: Books of Number, by James Merrill (Atheneum)

LIKE WINGS, by Philip Schultz (Viking)

New and Selected THINGS TAKING PLACE, by May Swenson (Atlantic/Little, Brown)

Translation

Yuan Hung-tao's PILGRIM OF THE CLOUDS: Poems and Essays from Ming China, by Jonathan Chaves (Weatherhill)

Cesar Vallejo's THE COMPLETE POSTHUMOUS POETRY, by Clayton Eshleman and Jose Rubia Barcia (California)

Pierre-Jakez Helias' THE HORSE OF PRIDE: Life in a Breton Village, by June Guicharnaud (Yale)

Roland Barthes' A LOVER'S DISCOURSE: Fragments, by Richard Howard (Hill and Wang)

A PALPABLE GOD: Thirty Stories from the Bible With an Essay on the Origins and Life of Narrative, by Reynolds Price (Atheneum)