Jonathan Franzen — whose Freedom was snubbed last November by the National Book Awards — was nominated today for the more prestigious National Book Critics Circle award. Other fiction finalists include Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad), David Grossman (To the End of the Land), Hans Keilson (Comedy in a Minor Key), and Paul Murray (Skippy Dies).
Nonfiction finalists include Barbara Demick (Nothing to Envy), S.C. Gwynne (Empire of the Summer Moon), Jennifer Homans (Apollo’s Angels), Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) and Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns).
Finalists in the autobiography category are Patti Smith (who nabbed a National Book Award for Just Kids), Christopher Hitchens (Hitch-22), Darrin Strauss (Half a Life), Kai Bird (Crossing Mandelbaum Gate), David Dow (Autobiography of an Execution) and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (Hiroshima in the AM).
The winners will be announced March 10.