26 September, 2022

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for their 2015 awards, as well as the recipients of three annual awards. Take a look!


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



  • Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford
  • Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
  • 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



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



  • 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



  • 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
  • Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
  • What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert



  • 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)

The National Book Critics Circle Awards are determined by a jury of critics and book review editors. The awards this year will be presented at a ceremony in New York City on March 17.

Our heartiest congratulations to all the nominees, and to Ms. Quade, Mr. Berry and Mr. Lozada!