National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

March 7, 2008

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle awards were announced yesterday. The NBCC is a group of nearly 700 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing. Here are their choices of best books from last year:

For Fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Nonfiction: Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington
Autobiography: Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat
Biography: Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal
Poetry: Elegy by Mary Jo Bang
Criticism: The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross

    In addition, Sam Anderson of New York Magazine won the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and Emilie Buchwald, founder of Milkweed Editions, won the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.