National Book Critics Circle names 30 finalists
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.