‘Wolf Hall’ Snags Another Award from NBCC

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

*Support your local bookstores, libraries, and universities. It matters!

-Post by Megan Shaffer

Related Links

New York Times Arts Beat

NBCC’s Critical Mass Blog Announcement

National Book Critics Circle Announce the Familiar

American SalvageSome 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)

Related Links:

2010 Michigan Notable Books!

National Book Critics full finalist list

Arts Beat Blog: NYTimes