2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

Last night, the National Book Critics Circle announced the year’s award winners at the New School in New York City. Anna Burns’ enigmatic novel, Milkman, which also won the 2018 Man Booker Prize, picked up the top prize for fiction. Directorate SSteve Coll’s detailed investigation into U.S. and CIA military involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan, took the nonfiction prize. Also honored at the ceremony were the winners of three other awards: Tommy Orange received the John Leonard Prize for his debut, There ThereArte Público Press took home the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award; and Maureen Corrigan accepted the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. Here’s the complete list of the NBCC Awards, linked to their Booklist reviews:

 

Autobiography

Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home, by Nora Krug

 

Biography

 Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous, by Christopher Bonanos

 

Criticism

Feel Free, by Zadie Smith

 

Fiction

 Milkman, by Anna Burns

 

Nonfiction

 Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Steve Coll

 

Poetry

The Carrying, by Ada Limón

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