National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists [WATCH VIDEO]
William Gass at the 2010 National Book Critics Circle awards. Gass won the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement award./David Shankbone

The finalists for the annual National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced. The winners will be announced at a New York ceremony on March 12, 2015 at the New School. It is a free ceremony, open to the public.  Read on for further details.

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 best books of 2014.

For the first time in the 39-year history of the awards, one book is a finalist in two different categories. Claudia Rankine’s volume of prose poetry “Citizen: An American Lyric,” published by Minnesota indie Graywolf Press, received nominations in both the poetry and criticism categories.

The National Book Critics Circle also announced winners of three special prizes. The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for this year was Toni Morrison. Morrison is a Nobel laureate and Pulitzer-winning novelist. The 2014 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, which comes with a $1,000 cash prize, was awarded to New Yorker Assistant Editor Alexandra Schwartz.

The National Book Critics Circle will award its John Leonard Prize for the second year. This year’s winner is Phil Klay’s short story collection “Redeployment.” It has also won the 2014 National Book Award for fiction.

Click HERE for the complete list of nominated books for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Awards

And that’s it for the annual National Book Critics Circle Awards nominations update. For more details coming up about the event, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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