The National Book Critics Circle announced their annual literary award winners at the The New School’s Tishman auditorium last night. The awards were given out in several categories for the 2009 publishing year. According to the NBCC site, the Critics Circle includes “…more than 600 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns.” The list of winners follows:
Fiction: Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall (also winner of the Man Booker Prize)
**Michigan’s Bonnie Jo Campbell was nominated for American Salvage
Nonfiction: Richard Holmes for The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Autobiography: Diana Athill for Somewhere Towards the End (also won the Costa Award for Biography)
Biography: Blake Bailey for Cheever: A Life
Criticism: Eula Biss for Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays
Poetry: Rae Armantrout for Versed
Lifetime Achievement Award: Joyce Carol Oates
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-Post by Megan Shaffer
New York Times Arts Beat
NBCC’s Critical Mass Blog Announcement
Some familiar names flew at the Housing Works Bookstore last night when the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2009 awards. Recently coming off of her National Book Award nomination, Kalamzaoo resident Bonnie Jo Campbell’s short story collection American Salvage (Wayne State University Press) is once again making the fiction list.
Similarly reappearing in the non-fiction category is author Greg Grandin’s Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books) for his fascinating account of Henry Ford’s attempt to establish a “rubber kingdom” in Brazil. Both books were also selected as 2010 Michigan Notable Books.
Established in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle is a non-profit organization consisting of “more than 600 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing”. The awards for the 2009 honors will be presented on Thursday, March 11, at The New School in New York.
*As always, support your local bookstores and universities. It matters!
-Post by Megan Shaffer (with a nod to Nancy)
2010 Michigan Notable Books!
National Book Critics full finalist list
Arts Beat Blog: NYTimes