The winners of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last night in a ceremony at the New School in New York City. The award for Fiction went to Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which was No. 5 on EW’s list of best novels of 2012. See the full list of winners (in bold) and finalists below: READ FULL STORY »
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It may not be as famous as the Pulitzer or as remunerative as the Booker, but the National Book Critics Circle Award is high in prestige among writers and publishers. Among the 30 nominees in six categories are National Book Award winners Katherine Boo for her nonfiction work Behind the Beautiful Forevers and David Ferry for Belwilderment in poetry. Two of EW’s picks for best novels of 2012, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, are in the running in the fiction category. See the full list of finalists below: READ FULL STORY »
Short story author Edith Pearlman took the big fiction prize at the National Book Critics Circle awards last night for her book Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories.
The NBCC awards are among the most prestigious literary honors. Last year, Jennifer Egan won the award for A Visit from the Goon Squad before going on to win the Pulitzer.
Book awards, unlike film awards, can be wildly unpredictable and frequently go in favor of the author with the least buzz — in November, the National Book Award for fiction went to Jesmyn Ward for Salvage the Bones, arguably the least known of the nominated titles. (Binocular Vision was also shortlisted for the NBA). I was predicting that the NBCC would go to Teju Cole, a young, New Yorker-anointed author who wrote about a Nigerian immigrant in Open City. But Pearlman’s meticulously crafted sentences dazzled critics when Binocular Vision was released last year with little fanfare from Lookout Books, an imprint of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
See below for a full list of finalists and winners:
The National Book Critics Circle announced the nominees for its 2011 book awards over the weekend, and there were a few surprises. Critical darlings and major 2011 breakouts like Chad Harbach, Téa Obreht, and Karen Russell were not named as finalists in the fiction category. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, which wasn’t a National Book Award finalist and didn’t make The New York Times‘ 10 Best Books of 2011 list, is now the NBCC’s headline nominee. But the dark horse to win fiction might just be Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta, whose rock-tinged novel calls to mind the very different but similarly hip A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, last year’s NBCC winner who went on to win the Pulitzer.
See below for a full list of nominees: READ FULL STORY »
On the Books Mar. 14: Tina Fey and Steve Martin's joint show, James Frey's controversial Messiah, and more
Tina Fey and Steve Martin are putting on a show together in Los Angeles April 19th to talk about their books. Unlike lower profile authors who often have to road-trip to near-empty bookstores to hock their tomes, Fey and Martin will be gracing the Nokia Theater stage for a paying audience (tickets are on sale for $29 to $119). Martin will be talking about his art world novel An Object of Beauty, and Fey will be promoting her highly anticipated Bossypants.
If he can survive a verbal beatdown from Oprah, he can survive anything: James Frey clearly isn’t afraid of controversy. His new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, centers on the second coming of Christ, only his Messiah is a pot-smoking, prostitute-soliciting alcoholic from the Bronx. Yikes–let the firestorm begin!
beat out Freedom by Jonathan Franzen for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Personally, I applaud the board for awarding Egan’s highly original, immensely entertaining novel of interconnected stories (even though Franzen’s novel would have been a more than deserving winner as well). Goon Squad will be released in paperback Mar. 22.In what can only be seen as an upset, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad
Mick Taylor, former guitarist of the Rolling Stones, will pen a memoir about his time with the band.
Who says libraries are dead? Bolingbrook, Illinois got a three-story, $39.5 million state-of-the-art library stocked with flat-screens, self-checkout stations, an automated book sorter (what’s that?), and a cafe. A section called the Vortex, designed to attracted teens, is decked with plasma TVs and beanbag chairs. The library as a whole is meant to appeal more to young professionals. Suddenly Bolingbrook sounds like it’s worth a visit.
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.
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