National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

January 15, 2013

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 February 28th in New York.

This year’s finalists for Fiction:

HHhH by Laurent Binet

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Magnificence by Lydia Millet

NW by Zadie Smith


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll

Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon


The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

My Poets by Maureen N. McLane

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid

Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

In the House of the Interpreter by Ngugi wa Thiong’o


The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

All We Know: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen

Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece by Michael Gorra

Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography by Lisa Jarnot

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss