National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

January 31, 2011

The National Book Critics Circle Awards are supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Awards promote the finest books in 6 categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir/Autobiography, Biography, and Criticism. Books may be by any author from any country; the only requirement is that they be published in the U.S. within the previous calendar year. The Awards will be announced on March 10th, 2011.

This year’s nominees for Fiction are:

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

To The End Of The Land by David Grossman

Comedy In A Minor Key by Hans Keilson

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Nominees for Nonfiction are:

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in America by S.C. Gwynne

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Nominees for Biography are:

How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell

The Secret Lives Of Somerset Maugham: A Biography by Selina Hastings

Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous With American History by Yunte Huang

The Killing Of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers

Simon Wiesenthal: The Lives And Legends by Tom Segev

Nominees for Autobiography are:

Crossing Mandelbaum Gate Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978 by Kai Bird

The Autobiography of an Execution by David Dow

Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens

Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Half a Life by Darin Strauss