National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

The National Book Critics Circle have announced the winners of their annual awards. The National Book Critics Circle is a nonprofit professional association for American book critics and reviewers and are primarily known for these awards. This year’s winners are an exciting and diverse collection.

Autobiography

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug

This is Krug’s quest to find answers to her families hidden war-time past. How has the shadow of Naziism and the Holocaust affected the lives and cultural belonging of those born generations after the fall of the regime?

 

Biography

Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous by Christopher Bonanos

The first comprehensive biography of Weegee the psychic photographer. Famous for his ability to arrive at a crime scene with his camera at just the same time as the cops this is the complex story of a man who documented gritty midcentury New York life.

 

Criticism

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

An essay collection posing questions we all recognise. Divided into sections: In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free this collection covers topics from the importance of libraries to the need to tackle global warming.

 

Fiction

Milkman by Anna Burns

Set in an anonymous 1970s Northern Irish town deep in the midst of the Troubles. This is a story of gossip and danger, silence and deadly consequences. Winner of the 2018 Booker Prize.

 

Nonfiction

Directorate S: The C.I.A and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll

Shedding light on the dark depths of America’s intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

 

Poetry

The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limón

A vulnerable and powerful poetry collection exploring with honesty infertility and age, bodily pain and ecstasy, love and brutality, what it means to live in an imperfect world.

 

The John Leonard Prize

There There by Tommy Orange

A fierce debut novel telling the stories of Urban Native Americans. Full of poetry and rage, There There grapples with painful history, the inheritance of beautifully profound spirituality, and a community plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide.

 

The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Arte Público

Arté Publico is the US’s largest publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US-based Hispanic/Latinx authors. They work to recover and preserve US Hispanic/Latinx literary heritage.

 

The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Maureen Corrigan

Author, scholar, and literary critic. Corrigan has three decades of work as a critic, reviewer, and columnist for publications including NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, amongst many more.

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