The National Book Critics Circle Award

2016 NBCC Award Finalists

Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2016


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Louise Erdrich

General Nonfiction

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Matthew Desmond
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City


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Hope Jahren
Lab Girl
(Alfred A. Knopf)


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Ruth Franklin
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life


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Carol Anderson
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide


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Ishion Hutchinson
House of Lords and Commons
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

John Leonard Prize

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Yaa Gyasi
(Alfred A. Knopf)

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Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2016 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Finalists Reading

NBCC 2014 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Finalists Reading

Video: New Literary Journals

Video: The VIDA Count and Gender Bias in Book Reviewing

Podcast: What Is Criticism? NBCC Winners and Finalists at AWP

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