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2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award have been announced in New York City. The award is voted on by critics and considers all books in English (including in translation), no matter the country of origin. The winners in the various categories and some supplementary links:

Fiction: Marilynne Robinson, Lila (“Marilynne Robinson’s Singular Vision“)

Nonfiction: David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (excerpt)

Autobiography: Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (excerpt)

Criticism: Ellen Willis, The Essential Ellen Willis

Biography: John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (The Duality of the Human Psyche: On John Lahr’s Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh)

Poetry: Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (A Year in Reading: Tiphanie Yanique)


 

Previously: The finalists

2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award have been announced in New York City. The award is voted on by critics and considers all books in English (including in translation), no matter the country of origin. The winners in the various categories and some supplementary links:

Fiction: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Americanah (excerptthe author’s Year in Reading)

Nonfiction: Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial (excerpt)

Autobiography: Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti (<excerpt)

Criticism: Franco Moretti, Distant Reading

Biography: Leo Damrosch, Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (excerpt)

Poetry: Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (The Poet and the Movie Star: An Evening with Frank Bidart and James Franco)


 

Previously: The finalists

2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the annual National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award have been announced. The fiction list includes one of the biggest fiction releases of last year and a book in translation. As often tends to be the case, the NBCC is offering up what may be the most well-rounded fiction shortlist you’ll find. Here are the finalists for fiction and non-fiction with excerpts and other links where available. As a side note, the NBCC award is particularly interesting in that it is one of the few major awards that pits American books against overseas (usually British) books. Finally, this was first year of the new John Leonard Prize, which goes to a debut work and was awarded to Anthony Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

Fiction

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (excerptJanice Clark’s Year in ReadingAdam Dalva’s essay)
Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Americanah (excerptthe author’s Year in Reading)
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (excerptDani Shapiro’s Year in Reading)
Alice McDermott, Someone (excerptthe author’s Year in Reading)
Javier Marias, The Infatuations (excerptour review)

        

Nonfiction

Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, Whitey Bulger (excerpt)
Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial (excerpt)
David Finkel, Thank You for Your Service (excerpt)
George Packer, The Unwinding (excerptour review)
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear (excerpt, Aleksandar Hemon’s Year in Reading)

    

For more on the NBCC Awards and the finalists in the other categories, visit the NBCC.

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