2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the winners of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards, as well as honoring the recipients of three direct (non-shortlisted) awards. Take a look!


  • WINNER: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh



  • WINNER: Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
  • SPQR: A History of Rome by Mary Beard
  • Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
  • Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
  • What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert



  • WINNER: Negroland by Margo Jefferson
  • The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
  • The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick
  • Bettyville by George Hodgman
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald



  • WINNER: Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
  • Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford
  • Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles
  • Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan
  • Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives by Karin Wieland and Shelly Frisch



  • WINNER: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake by Leo Damrosch
  • On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Tóibín
  • The Nearest Thing to Life by James Wood



  • WINNER: Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
  • How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes
  • Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
  • Parallax and Selected Poems by Sinéad Morrissey
  • What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford by Frank Stanford


JOHN LEONARD (FIRST BOOK) PRIZENight at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade


NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING – Carlos Lozada (nonfiction critic for the Washington Post)

Congratulations to the winners, and to all the nominees, as well as to Ms. Quade, Mr. Berry and Mr. Lozada!


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