2024 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Revealed

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) has recently unveiled the finalists for its prestigious 2024 awards. Celebrating the finest in literature, the NBCC has nominated 30 works across six different categories, recognizing the exceptional contributions of authors from the previous publishing year.

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) has recently unveiled the finalists for its prestigious 2024 awards. Celebrating the finest in literature, the NBCC has nominated 30 works across six different categories, recognizing the exceptional contributions of authors from the previous publishing year.

Autobiography

I Would Meet You Anywhere: A Memoir by Susan Kiyo Ito (Ohio State University Press)

Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm by David Mas Masumoto, artwork by Patricia Wakida (Red Hen Press)

Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in an Egyptian Prison by Ahmed Naji, translated by Katharine Halls (McSweeney’s)

How to Say Babylon: A Memoir by Safiya Sinclair (Simon & Schuster)

Story of a Poem: A Memoir by Matthew Zapruder (Unnamed Press)

Biography

King: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of the Bondwoman’s Narrative by Gregg Hecimovich (Ecco)

Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang (Liveright)

Betty Friedan: Magnificent Disruptor by Rachel Shteir (Yale University Press)

Winnie and Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage by Jonny Steinberg (Knopf)

Criticism

The Chapter: A Segmented History from Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century by Nicholas Dames (Princeton University Press)

Creep: Accusations and Confessions by Myriam Gurba (Avid Reader Press)

Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World by Naomi Klein (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Pleasure and Efficacy: Of Pen Names, Cover Versions, and Other Trans Techniques by Grace E. Lavery (Princeton University Press)

Deadpan: The Aesthetics of Black Inexpression by Tina Post (NYU Press)

Fiction

Tremor by Teju Cole (Random House)

North Woods by Daniel Mason (Random House)

I Am Homeless if This Is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore (Knopf)

Vengeance Is Mine by Marie NDiaye, translated by Jordan Stump (Knopf)

Blackouts by Justin Torres (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Nonfiction

We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America by Roxanna Asgarian (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs by Kerry Howley (Knopf)

Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War by Jeff Sharlet (W. W. Norton)

Who Gets Believed? When the Truth Isn’t Enough by Dina Nayeri (Catapult Books)

Poetry

All Souls by Saskia Hamilton (Graywolf Press)

Phantom Pain Wings by Kim Hyesoon, translated by Don Mee Choi (New Directions)

The Gathering of Bastards by Romeo Oriogun (University of Nebraska Press)

Information Desk by Robyn Schiff (Penguin Books)

Trace Evidence by Charif Shanahan (Tin House)

Greg Barrios Book in Translation Prize

The Last Pomegranate Tree by Bachtyar Ali and translated by Kareem Abdulrahman (Archipelago Books)

Owlish by Dorothy Tse and translated by Natascha Bruce (Graywolf Press)

Phantom Pain Wings by Kim Hyesoon and translated by Don Mee Choi (New Directions)

Zakwato & Loglêdou’s Peril by Azo Vauguy and translated by Todd Fredson (Action Books)

Cold Nights of Childhood by Tezer Özlü and translated by Maureen Freely (Transit Books)

Happy Stories, Mostly by Norman Erikson Pasaribu and Translated by Tiffany Tsao (Feminist Press)

John Leonard Prize

Black Pastoral by Ariana Benson (University of Georgia Press)

A Nimble Arc: James Van Der Zee and Photography by Emilie Boone (Duke University Press)

The Love of Singular Men by Victor Heringer, translated by James Young (New Directions)

Waiting to Be Arrested at Night: a Uyghur Poet’s Memoir of China’s Genocide by Tahir Hamut Izgil, translated by Joshua L. Freeman (Penguin Press)

When Crack Was King by Donovan X. Ramsey (One World)

Judgment and Mercy: The Turbulent Life and Times of the Judge Who Condemned the Rosenbergs by Martin J. Siegel (Cornell University Press)

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Becca Rothfeld

Toni Morrison Achievement Award

American Library Association

NBCC Service Award

Marion Winik

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Judy Blume

Anticipation for the Awards Ceremony

The literary world awaits the awards ceremony, scheduled for March 21 at the New School in Manhattan, where winners of these prestigious categories will be announced. This event not only honours individual achievements but also celebrates the broader impact of literature in shaping cultural and intellectual discourse.

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