National Book Critics Circle Awards for Publishing Year 2012

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its book awards for publishing year 2012 on Thursday, February 28th in New York. The NBCC was founded in 1974, its mission is to honor “outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.”  The NBCC awards “honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves.” A list of the winners for the 2012 publishing year is below along with links to their catalog records in the Minuteman Library Network Catalog.

Poetry

D. A. Powell, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf Press)

Criticism

Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (Belknap Press: Harvard University Press)

Autobiography

Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press)

Biography

Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Alfred A. Knopf)

Nonfiction

Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner)

Fiction

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco)

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