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message 1: by Lily (last edited Mar 14, 2015 11:58AM) (new)

Lily (joy1) | 2465 comments "The French economist Thomas Piketty, the poet Claudia Rankine and the novelists Marilynne Robinson and Chang-rae Lee are among the 30 finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014. The prize, which is given in six categories –– autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry – is one of the most prestigious American literary awards, and is judged by a panel of critics and book review editors.

"Ms. Rankine’s book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, was nominated in two categories, poetry and criticism, the first time since the awards were created around 40 years ago that a single book has received two nominations. A lifetime achievement award will be presented to the novelist Toni Morrison. Phil Klay, whose short story collection, Redeployment, won the National Book Award in November, will receive the John Leonard prize for the best debut book.

"The five fiction finalists are Chang-rae Lee’s eerie dystopian novel On Such a Full Sea; Marlon James’s novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which centers on the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley; Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman, a novel about a reclusive Beirut woman; Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, the final book in her trilogy set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, and Lily King’s Euphoria, which was based on the life and work of the anthropologist Margaret Mead.

"Nonfiction finalists include Mr. Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a surprise best-seller about the widening wealth gap; Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, about the mass
extinction of species; and Héctor Tobar’s Deep Down Dark, a narrative detailing the ordeals of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground.

"The awards will be presented on March 12 at the New School in a free ceremony that is open to the public. The full list of nominees follows:

AUTOBIOGRAPHY:
The Splendid Things We Planned A Family Portrait by Blake Bailey Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast The Other Side A Memoir by Lacy M. Johnson Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart There Was and There Was Not A Journey through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond by Meline Toumani

Blake Bailey, The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Roz Chast, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury)

Lacy M. Johnson, The Other Side (Tin House)

Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure (Random House)

Meline Toumani, There Was and There Was Not (Metropolitan Books)

BIOGRAPHY:
William Wells Brown An African American Life by Ezra Greenspan Rebel Yell The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr "Literchoor Is My Beat" A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions by Ian S. MacNiven The Crusades of Cesar Chavez A Biography by Miriam Pawel

Ezra Greenspan, William Wells Brown (W.W. Norton & Co.)

S.C. Gwynne, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson (Scribner)

John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Ian S. MacNiven, "Literchoor Is My Beat": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Miriam Pawel, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez (Bloomsbury)

CRITICISM:
On Immunity An Inoculation by Eula Biss Geek Sublime The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra Citizen An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine What Would Lynne Tillman Do? by Lynne Tillman The Essential Ellen Willis by Ellen Willis

Eula Biss, On Immunity: An Inoculation (Graywolf Press)

Vikram Chandra, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty (Graywolf Press)

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)

Lynne Tillman, What Would Lynne Tillman Do? (Red Lemonade)

Ellen Willis, The Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz (University of Minnesota Press)

FICTION:
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James Euphoria by Lily King On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee Lila (Gilead, #3) by Marilynne Robinson

Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press)

Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books)

Lily King, Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Chang-rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea (Riverhead Books)

Marilynne Robinson, Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

NONFICTION:
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis The Zhivago Affair The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty Deep Down Dark The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar

David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf)

Peter Finn and Petra Couvée, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book (Pantheon)

Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt & Co.)

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)

Héctor Tobar, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

POETRY:
Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon by Willie Perdomo Citizen An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine Once in the West Poems by Christian Wiman Abide by Jake Adam York

Saeed Jones, Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press)

Willie Perdomo, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Books)

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)

Christian Wiman, Once in the West: Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Jake Adam York, Abide (Southern Illinois University Press)


NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING

Alexandra Schwartz

Finalists:

Charles Finch

B.K. Fischer

Benjamin Moser

Lisa Russ Spaar

IVAN SANDROF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Toni Morrison

JOHN LEONARD PRIZE
Redeployment by Phil Klay

Phil Klay, Redeployment (Penguin Press)

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/201...

Bold added for winners, 3/12/15


message 2: by Lily (new)

Lily (joy1) | 2465 comments Other links re: National Book Critics Circle Award:

http://bookcritics.org/ (likely to move in future, perhaps under "News")

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-t...

(Includes a links to several New Yorker reviews.)

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketco...


message 3: by Lily (last edited Mar 12, 2015 08:29PM) (new)

Lily (joy1) | 2465 comments Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award were announced tonight, 3/12/15:

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr The Essential Ellen Willis by Ellen Willis Lila (Gilead, #3) by Marilynne Robinson The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis Citizen An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

AUTOBIOGRAPHY:

Roz Chast, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury)

BIOGRAPHY:

John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton & Co.)

CRITICISM:

Ellen Willis, The Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz (University of Minnesota Press)

FICTION:

Marilynne Robinson, Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

NONFICTION:

David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf)

POETRY:

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)

NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING

Alexandra Schwartz

IVAN SANDROF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Toni Morrison

JOHN LEONARD PRIZE

Phil Klay, Redeployment (Penguin Press)

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/...


message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy Rudolph | 23 comments Lila is on my to-read list - I read An Unnecessary Woman and really liked it.


message 5: by Lily (new)

Lily (joy1) | 2465 comments Amy wrote: "Lila is on my to-read list - I read An Unnecessary Woman and really liked it."

Ditto!


message 6: by Portia (last edited Mar 14, 2015 07:21AM) (new)

Portia Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? is wonderful. Roz Chast deals with the difficult problem of aging that we all face with her characteristic spot on humor. I gave it five stars.


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