Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle names 30 fi­nal­ists

The Denver Post - - BOOKS - By Hil­lel Italie

new york » Ta-Ne­hisi Coates’ “Be­tween the World and Me” and Lau­ren Groff’s “Fates and Fu­ries” are fi­nal­ists for the Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle prize.

New Yorker lit­er­ary critic James Wood, mem­oirist He­len McDon­ald and poet Ter­rance Hayes also are among the 30 nom­i­nees. The NBCC se­lected five fi­nal­ists in each of six com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories, rang­ing from fic­tion to au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

The poet, fic­tion writer and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Wen­dell Berry is to re­ceive a life­time achieve­ment honor. Kirstin Valdez Quade’s short-story col­lec­tion “Night at the Fi­es­tas” won the John Leonard Prize for best first book in any genre, and Car­los Lozada, as­so­ciate editor and non­fic­tion book critic at The Wash­ing­ton Post, will re­ceive a ci­ta­tion for ex­cel­lence in re­view­ing.

Win­ners for com­pet­i­tive awards will be an­nounced March 17.

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