The National Book Critics Circle Award

2014 NBCC Award Finalists

Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2014

2014 NBCC Award Winners

National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Winners for Publishing Year 2014


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Marilynne Robinson
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

General Nonfiction

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David Brion Davis
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation


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Roz Chast
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?


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


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Ellen Willis
The Essential Ellen Willis
(University of Minnesota Press)


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Claudia Rankine
Citizen: An American Lyric
(Graywolf Press)

John Leonard Prize

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Phil Klay
(Penguin Press)

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Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2014 Awards Ceremony

Ben Fountain and Amy Tan at AWP with Jane Ciabattari

NBCC 2013 Finalists Reading

NBCC 2013 Awards Ceremony

NBCC Finalists Interviewed at The New School

Video: New Literary Journals

Video: The VIDA Count and Gender Bias in Book Reviewing

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

All videos and podcasts.


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