Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle

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Ish­ion Hutchin­son of Ithaca, New York, re­ceived the 2016 Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle Award in po­etry for his col­lec­tion House of Lords and Com­mons (Far­rar, Straus and Giroux). The fi­nal­ists were Tye­himba Jess of New York

City for Olio (Wave Books); Ber­nadette Mayer of East Nas­sau, New York, for Works and Days (New Di­rec­tions); Robert Pin­sky of Bos­ton for At the Foundling Hos­pi­tal (Far­rar, Straus and Giroux); and Mon­ica Youn of Prince­ton, New Jer­sey, for Black­acre (Gray­wolf Press). Louise Er­drich of Min­neapo­lis re­ceived the fic­tion award for her novel LaRose (Harper). The fi­nal­ists were Michael Chabon of Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, for Moon­glow (Harper); Adam Haslett of Mid­dle­town, Con­necti­cut, for Imag­ine Me Gone (Lit­tle, Brown); Ann Patch­ett of Nashville for Com­mon­wealth (Harper); and Zadie Smith of Lon­don and New York City for Swing Time (Pen­guin Press). Hope Jahren of Oslo, Nor­way, re­ceived the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy award for her mem­oir, Lab Girl (Knopf). The fi­nal­ists were Mar­ion Coutts of Lon­don for The Ice­berg (Black Cat Press); the late Jenny Diski for In Grat­i­tude (Blooms­bury); Hisham Matar of Lon­don for The Re­turn: Fa­thers, Sons, and the Land in Be­tween (Ran­dom House); and Kao Kalia Yang of Min­neapo­lis for The Song Poet: A Mem­oir of My Fa­ther (Met­ro­pol­i­tan Books). Matthew Des­mond of Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, re­ceived the non­fic­tion award for his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the Amer­i­can City (Crown). The fi­nal­ists were Ibram X. Kendi of Gainesville, Florida, for Stamped From the Be­gin­ning: The De­fin­i­tive His­tory of Racist Ideas in Amer­ica (Na­tion Books); Jane Mayer of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. for Dark Money: The Hid­den His­tory of the Bil­lion­aires Be­hind the Rise of the Rad­i­cal Right (Dou­ble­day); Viet Thanh Nguyen of Los An­ge­les for Noth­ing Ever Dies: Viet­nam and the Mem­ory of War (Har­vard Uni­ver­sity Press); and John Edgar Wide­man of New York City for Writ­ing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File (Scrib­ner). Carol An­der­son of At­lanta re­ceived the crit­i­cism award for her book White Rage: The Un­spo­ken Truth of Our Racial Di­vide (Blooms­bury). The fi­nal­ists were Mark Greif of Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia, for Against Ev­ery­thing: Es­says (Pan­theon); Alice Kaplan of New Haven, Con­necti­cut, for Look­ing for The Stranger: Al­bert Ca­mus and the Life of a Lit­er­ary Clas­sic (Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Press); Olivia Laing of Cam­bridge, England, for The Lonely City: Ad­ven­tures in the Art of Be­ing Alone (Pi­cador); and Peter Orner of San Fran­cisco for Am I Alone Here? Notes on Liv­ing to Read and Read­ing to Live (Cat­a­pult). The Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle, a pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion com­posed of 700 book crit­ics and re­view­ers from across the coun­try, an­nu­ally hon­ors books of po­etry, fic­tion, and cre­ative non­fic­tion pub­lished in the pre­vi­ous year. The next dead­line is De­cem­ber 1.


Yaa Gyasi of Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, won the John Leonard Award for her novel, Homego­ing (Knopf). The an­nual award is given for a first book in any genre. There is no ap­pli­ca­tion process.

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