National Book Critics Circle Award

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The National Book Critics Circle Awards are a set of annual American literary awards by the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) to promote "the finest books and reviews published in English". [1] The first NBCC awards were announced and presented January 16, 1976. [2]

Contents

There are six awards to books published in the U.S. during the preceding calendar year, in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir/Autobiography, Biography, and Criticism. Four of them span the entire NBCC award history; Memoir/Autobiography and Biography were recognized by one "Autobiography/Biography" award for publication years 1983 to 2004, then replaced by two awards. Beginning in 2014, the NBCC also presents a special "first book" award across all six categories, named the John Leonard Award in honor of literary critic and NBCC founding member John Leonard, who died in 2008. [3]

Books previously published in English are not eligible, such as re-issues and paperback editions. Nor does the NBC Circle consider "cookbooks, self help books (including inspirational literature), reference books, picture books or children's books". They do consider "translations, short story and essay collections, self published books, and any titles that fall under the general categories". [4]

The judges are the volunteer directors of the NBCC who are 24 members serving rotating three-year terms, with eight elected annually by the voting members, [5] namely "professional book review editors and book reviewers". [6]

Winners of the awards are announced each year at the NBCC awards ceremony in conjunction with the yearly membership meeting, which takes place in March. [7]

National Book Critics Circle Awards
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Awarded for"the finest books and reviews published in English"
DateMarch, annual
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Book Critics Circle
First awarded1975 publications (1976)
Website bookcritics.org

Winners

Fiction

Published
1975 E. L. Doctorow Ragtime
1976 John Gardner October Light
1977 Toni Morrison Song of Solomon
1978 John Cheever The Stories of John Cheever
1979 Thomas Flanagan The Year of the French
1980 Shirley Hazzard The Transit of Venus
1981 John Updike Rabbit Is Rich
1982 Stanley Elkin George Mills
1983 William Kennedy Ironweed
1984 Louise Erdrich Love Medicine
1985 Anne Tyler The Accidental Tourist
1986 Reynolds Price Kate Vaiden
1987 Philip Roth The Counterlife
1988 Bharati Mukherjee The Middleman and Other Stories
1989 E. L. Doctorow Billy Bathgate
1990 John Updike Rabbit at Rest
1991 Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres
1992 Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses
1993 Ernest J. Gaines A Lesson Before Dying
1994 Carol Shields The Stone Diaries
1995 Stanley Elkin Mrs. Ted Bliss
1996 Gina Berriault Women in Their Beds
1997 Penelope Fitzgerald The Blue Flower
1998 Alice Munro The Love of a Good Woman
1999 Jonathan Lethem Motherless Brooklyn
2000 Jim Crace Being Dead
2001 W.G. Sebald Austerlitz
2002 Ian McEwan Atonement
2003 Edward P. Jones The Known World
2004 Marilynne Robinson Gilead
2005 E. L. Doctorow The March
2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss
2007 Junot Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2008 Roberto Bolaño 2666
2009 Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall
2010 Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad
2011 Edith Pearlman Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories
2012 Ben Fountain Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
2013 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah
2014 Marilynne Robinson Lila
2015 Paul Beatty The Sellout
2016 Louise Erdrich LaRose
2017 Joan Silber Improvement
2018 Anna Burns Milkman
2019 Edwidge Danticat Everything Inside
2020 Maggie O’Farrell [8] Hamnet

General nonfiction

Published
1975 R. W. B. Lewis Edith Wharton: A Biography
1976 Maxine Hong Kingston The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts
1977 Walter Jackson Bate Samuel Johnson
1978 Garry Wills Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
1978 Maureen Howard Facts of Life
1979 Telford Taylor Munich: The Price of Peace
1980 Ronald Steel Walter Lippmann and the American Century
1981 Stephen Jay Gould The Mismeasure of Man
1982 Robert Caro The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
1983 Seymour M. Hersh The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
1984 Freeman Dyson Weapons and Hope
1985 J. Anthony Lukas Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
1986 John W. Dower War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
1987 Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atomic Bomb
1988 Taylor Branch Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63
1989 Michael Dorris The Broken Cord
1990 Shelby Steele The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America
1991 Susan Faludi Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
1992 Norman Maclean Young Men and Fire
1993 Alan Lomax The Land Where the Blues Began
1994 Lynn H. Nicholas The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
1995 Jonathan Harr A Civil Action
1996 Jonathan Raban Bad Land: An American Romance
1997 Anne Fadiman The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
1998 Philip Gourevitch We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
1999 Jonathan Weiner Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
2000 Ted Conover Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
2001 Nicholson Baker Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
2002 Samantha Power A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
2003 Paul Hendrickson Sons of Mississippi
2004 Diarmaid MacCulloch The Reformation: A History
2005 Svetlana Alexievich Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
2006 Simon Schama Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
2007 Harriet A. Washington Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present
2008 Dexter Filkins The Forever War
2009 Richard Holmes The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
2010 Isabel Wilkerson The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
2011 Maya Jasanoff Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
2012 Andrew Solomon Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
2013 Sheri Fink Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
2014 David Brion Davis The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
2015 Sam Quinones Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic
2016 Matthew Desmond Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
2017 Frances FitzGerald The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
2018 Steve Coll Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
2019 Patrick Radden Keefe Say Nothing: The True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
2020 Tom Zoellner [8] Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire

Memoir/Autobiography

Published
2005 Francine du Plessix Gray Them: A Memoir of Parents
2006 Daniel Mendelsohn The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
2007 Edwidge Danticat Brother, I'm Dying
2008 Ariel Sabar My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
2009 Diana Athill Somewhere Towards the End
2010 Darin Strauss Half a Life
2011 Mira Bartók The Memory Palace
2012 Leanne Shapton Swimming Studies
2013 Amy Wilentz Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti
2014 Roz Chast Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
2015 Margo Jefferson Negroland
2016 Hope Jahren Lab Girl
2017 Xiaolu Guo Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China
2018 Nora Krug Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home
2019 Chanel Miller Know My Name: A Memoir
2020 Cathy Park Hong [8] Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Biography

Published
2005 Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
2006 Julie Phillips James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
2007 Tim Jeal Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer
2008 Patrick French The World is What it is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
2009 Blake Bailey Cheever: A Life
2010 Sarah Bakewell How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne
2011 John Lewis Gaddis George F. Kennan: An American Life
2012 Robert A. Caro The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
2013 Leo Damrosch Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
2014 John Lahr Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
2015 Charlotte Gordon Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
2016 Ruth Franklin Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
2017 Caroline Fraser Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
2018Christopher BonanosFlash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
2019 Josh Levin The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth
2020 Amy Stanley [8] Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World

Biography/Autobiography (discontinued)

Published
1983 Joyce Johnson Minor Characters
1984 Joseph Frank Dostoevsky: The Years of Ordeal, 1850–1859
1985 Leon Edel Henry James: A Life
1986 Arnold Rampersad The Life of Langston Hughes, Vol. I: 1902-1941
1987 Donald R. Howard Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World
1988 Richard Ellmann Oscar Wilde
1989 Geoffrey C. Ward A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt
1990 Robert A. Caro Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. II
1991 Philip Roth Patrimony: A True Story
1992 Carol Brightman Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World
1993 Edmund White Genet
1994 Mikal Gilmore Shot in the Heart
1995 Robert Polito Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson
1996 Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes
1997 James Tobin Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II
1998 Sylvia Nasar A Beautiful Mind
1999 Henry Wiencek The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White
2000 Herbert P. Bix Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
2001 Adam Sisman Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr.Johnson
2002 Janet Browne Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, Vol. II
2003 William Taubman Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
2004 Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan De Kooning: An American Master

Poetry

Published
1975 John Ashbery Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror
1976 Elizabeth Bishop Geography III
1977 Robert Lowell Day by Day
1978 L. E. Sissman Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L. E. Sissman
1979 Philip Levine Ashes: Poems New and Old and 7 Years From Somewhere
1980 Frederick Seidel Sunrise
1981 A.R. Ammons A Coast of Trees
1982 Katha Pollitt Antarctic Traveler
1983 James Merrill The Changing Light at Sandover
1984 Sharon Olds The Dead and the Living
1985 Louise Glück The Triumph of Achilles
1986 Edward Hirsch Wild Gratitude
1987 C.K. Williams Flesh and Blood
1988 Donald Hall That One Day
1989 Rodney Jones Transparent Gestures
1990 Amy Gerstler Bitter Angel
1991 Albert Goldbarth Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology
1992 Hayden Carruth Collected Shorter Poems 1946–1991
1993 Mark Doty My Alexandria
1994 Mark Rudman Rider
1995 William Matthews Time and Money
1996 Robert Hass Sun Under Wood
1997 Charles Wright Black Zodiac
1998 Marie Ponsot The Bird Catcher
1999 Ruth Stone Ordinary Words
2000 Judy Jordan Carolina Ghost Woods
2001 Albert Goldbarth Saving Lives
2002 B.H. Fairchild Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest
2003 Susan Stewart Columbarium
2004 Adrienne Rich The School Among the Ruins
2005 Jack Gilbert Refusing Heaven
2006 Troy Jollimore Tom Thomson in Purgatory
2007 Mary Jo Bang Elegy
2008 August Kleinzahler Sleeping it Off in Rapid City [lower-alpha 1]
2008 Juan Felipe Herrera Half the World in Light [lower-alpha 1]
2009 Rae Armantrout Versed
2010 C.D. Wright One With Others
2011 Laura Kasischke Space, In Chains
2012 D. A. Powell Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys
2013 Frank Bidart Metaphysical Dog
2014 Claudia Rankine Citizen: An American Lyric
2015 Ross Gay Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude
2016 Ishion Hutchinson House of Lords and Commons
2017 Layli Long Soldier Whereas
2018 Ada Limón The Carrying
2019 Morgan Parker Magical Negro
2020Francine J. Harris [8] Here Is The Sweet Hand

Criticism

Published
1975 Paul Fussell The Great War and Modern Memory
1976 Bruno Bettelheim The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
1977 Susan Sontag On Photography
1978 Meyer Schapiro Modern Art: 19th and 20th Centuries (Selected Papers, Volume 2)
1979 Elaine Pagels The Gnostic Gospels
1980 Helen Vendler Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets
1981 Virgil Thomson A Virgil Thomson Reader
1982 Gore Vidal The Second American Revolution and Other Essays
1983 John Updike Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism
1984 Robert Hass Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
1985 William H. Gass Habitations of the Word: Essays
1986 Joseph Brodsky Less Than One: Selected Essays
1987 Edwin Denby Dance Writings
1988 Clifford Geertz Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author
1989 John Clive Not by Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History
1990 Arthur C. Danto Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present
1991 Lawrence L. Langer Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory
1992 Garry Wills Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America
1993 John Dizikes Opera in America: A Cultural History
1994 Gerald Early The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture
1995 Robert Darnton The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France
1996 William H. Gass Finding a Form
1997 Mario Vargas Llosa Making Waves
1998 Gary Giddins Visions of Jazz: The First Century
1999 Jorge Luis Borges Selected Non-Fictions
2000 Cynthia Ozick Quarrel & Quandary
2001 Martin Amis The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews, 1971–2000
2002 William H. Gass Tests of Time
2003 Rebecca Solnit River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
2004 Patrick Neate Where You're At: Notes From the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet
2005 William Logan The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin
2006 Lawrence Weschler Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences
2007 Alex Ross The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
2008 Seth Lerer Children's Literature: A Readers' History: Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter
2009 Eula Biss Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
2010 Clare Cavanagh Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West
2011 Geoff Dyer Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
2012 Marina Warner Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
2013 Franco Moretti Distant Reading
2014 Ellen Willis The Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis-Aronowitz
2015 Maggie Nelson The Argonauts
2016 Carol Anderson White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
2017Carina ChocanoYou Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages
2018 Zadie Smith Feel Free: Essays
2019 Saidiya Hartman Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Stories of Social Upheaval
2020 Nicole R. Fleetwood [8] Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

John Leonard Award

Award for a best first book in any genre.

Published
2013 Anthony Marra A Constellation of Vital Phenomena , novel
2014 Phil Klay Redeployment , short story collection
2015 Kirstin Valdez Quade Night at the Fiestas, short story collection
2016 Yaa Gyasi Homegoing, novel
2017 Carmen Maria Machado Her Body and Other Parties , short story collection
2018 Tommy Orange There There , novel
2019 Sarah M. Broom The Yellow House , memoir
2020 Raven Leilani Luster , novel

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Ivan Sandrof was one founder of the National Book Critics Circle [1] and its first President. [9]

The Sandrof Award has also been presented as the "Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publishing" and the "Ivan Sandrof Award, Contribution to American Arts & Letters".

1981none
1982 Leslie A. Marchand [10]
1983none
1984 The Library of America
1985none
1986none
1987 Robert Giroux
1988none
1989 James Laughlin
1990 Donald Keene
1991none
1992 Gregory Rabassa
1993none
1994 William Maxwell
1995 Alfred Kazin
Elizabeth Hardwick
1996 Albert Murray
1997 Leslie Fiedler
1998none
1999 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Pauline Kael
2000 Barney Rosset
2001 Jason Epstein
2002 Richard Howard
2003 Studs Terkel
2004 Louis D. Rubin, Jr. founder of Algonquin Press, author and editor of more than 50 books
2005 Bill Henderson founder of Pushcart Press
2006 John Leonard
2007Emilie Buchwaldco-founder of the Milkweed Editions publishing house
2008 PEN American Center [11]
2009 Joyce Carol Oates
2010 Dalkey Archive Press
2011 Robert Silvers editor of New York Review of Books
2012 Sandra Gilbert
Susan Gubar
2013 Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
2014 Toni Morrison
2015 Wendell Berry
2016 Margaret Atwood
2017 John McPhee
2018 Arte Público Press
2019 Naomi Shihab Nye
2020 The Feminist Press at the City University of New York [8]

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

The Balakian Citation is annual. It honors Nona Balakian, who was one of three NBCC founders. [1] [12] For 43 years, Balakian was an editor on the staff of the New York Times Book Review . [13] Five finalists are announced each year, one of whom is selected as the winner of the citation. The award has been called "the most prestigious award for book criticism in the country". [14]

Published
1991 George Scialabba
1992 Elizabeth Ward
1993 Brigitte Frase
1994 JoAnn C. Gutin
1995 Laurie Stone
1996 Dennis Drabelle
1997 Thomas Mallon
1998 Albert Mobilio
1999 Benjamin Schwarz
2000 Daniel Mendelsohn
2001 Michael Gorra
2002 Maureen N. McLane
2003 Scott McLemee
2004 David Orr a contributor to The New York Times Book Review and Poetry Magazine
2005 Wyatt Mason a contributor to Harper's , The New Yorker , The New Republic
2006 Steven G. Kellman
2007 Sam Anderson of New York magazine
2008 Ron Charles of The Washington Post
2009 Joan Acocella of The New Yorker
2010 Parul Sehgal of Publishers Weekly
2011 Kathryn Schulz book critic at New York magazine
2012 William Deresiewicz a contributing writer at The Nation and The American Scholar
2013 Katherine A. Powers contributor to many national book review sections, including the Boston Globe and Washington Post. For the second time in the Balakian Citation history it includes a $1,000 cash prize.
2014 Alexandra Schwartz of The New Yorker
2015 Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post
2016 Michelle Dean literary critic for The New Yorker, New Republic and others
2017 Charles Finch literary critic for The New York Times and others
2018 Maureen Corrigan literary critic for NPR and The Washington Post
2019 Katy Waldman of The New Yorker
2020 Jo Livingstone [8] critic for The New Republic

Finalists

Award year is for the book publication year, currently January 1 to December 31.

2007

The 2007 award winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced on March 6, 2008. [15] [16]

Fiction

General nonfiction

Autobiography

  • Joshua Clark, Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone (Free Press)
  • Blueribbon icon.png Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I'm Dying (Knopf)
  • Joyce Carol Oates, The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973–1982 (Ecco)
  • Sara Paretsky, Writing in an Age of Silence (Verso)
  • Anna Politkovskaya, Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, Corruption and Death in Putin's Russia (Random House)

Biography

Poetry

Criticism

  • Joan Acocella, Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints (Pantheon)
  • Julia Alvarez, Once Upon a Quniceanera (Viking)
  • Susan Faludi, The Terror Dream (Metropolitan/Holt)
  • Ben Ratliff, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Blueribbon icon.png Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

2008

The 2008 winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced March 12, 2009. [17]

Fiction

General nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

Poetry

Criticism

  • Richard Brody, Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard (Metropolitan Books)
  • Vivian Gornick, The Men in My Life (Boston Review/MIT)
  • Joel L. Kraemer, Maimonides: The Life and World of One Of Civilization’s Greatest Minds (Doubleday)
  • Blueribbon icon.png Seth Lerer, Children’s Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter (University of Chicago Press)
  • Reginald Shepard, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry (University of Michigan Press)

The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

2009

The 2009 winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced March 11, 2010.

Fiction

General nonfiction

Criticism

  • Blueribbon icon.png Eula Biss, Notes From No Man's Land: American Essays (Graywolf Press)
  • Stephen Burt, Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (Graywolf Press)
  • Morris Dickstein, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (Norton)
  • David Hajdu, Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture (Da Capo Press)
  • Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music (Faber)

Biography

Autobiography

  • Blueribbon icon.png Diana Athill, Somewhere Towards the End (Norton)
  • Debra Gwartney, Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Mary Karr, Lit (Harper)
  • Kati Marton, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America (Simon & Schuster)
  • Edmund White, City Boy ( Bloomsbury)

Poetry

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

2010

The 2010 winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced March 10, 2011. [18]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Criticism

Biography

Autobiography

Poetry

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

2011

The awards ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were presented March 8, 2012, at the New School in New York City. [19]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Criticism

  • David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything
  • Blueribbon icon.png Geoff Dyer, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
  • Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.
  • Dubravka Ugresic, Karaoke Culture: Essays
  • Ellen Willis, Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music

Poetry

Autobiography

Biography

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2012

The finalists were announced January 14, 2013. [20] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced on February 28, 2013. [21]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Criticism

Poetry

Autobiography

Biography

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2013

The finalists were announced on January 14, 2014. [22] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced on March 13, 2014. [23]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

Autobiography

Biography

  • Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Doubleday)
  • Blueribbon icon.png Leo Damrosch, Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (Yale University Press)
  • John Eliot Gardiner, Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven (Knopf)
  • Linda Leavell, Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Mark Thompson, Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kis (Cornell University Press)

Criticism

  • Hilton Als, White Girls (McSweeney’s)
  • Mary Beard, Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations (Liveright)
  • Jonathan Franzen, The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus, translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen with Paul Reitter and Daniel Kehlmann (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Janet Malcolm, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Blueribbon icon.png Franco Moretti, Distant Reading (Verso)

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2014

The finalists were announced on January 19, 2015. [24] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced March 12, 2015. [25]

Fiction

General Nonfiction

Poetry

Autobiography

Biography

Criticism

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2015

The finalists were announced on January 18, 2016. [26] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced March 17, 2016 at the New School in New York. [27]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

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

Criticism

Poetry

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2016

The finalists were announced on January 17, 2017. [28] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced March 17, 2017 at the New School in New York. [29]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

Criticism

Poetry

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2017

The finalists were announced on January 21, 2018. [30] [31] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced on March 15, 2018 at the New School in New York. [32]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

  • Blueribbon icon.png Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Edmund Gordon, The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography
  • Howard Markel, The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek
  • William Taubman, Gorbachev: His Life and Times
  • Ken Whyte, Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

Criticism

  • Blueribbon icon.png Carina Chocano, You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages
  • Edwidge Danticat, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
  • Camille Dungy, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History
  • Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
  • Kevin Young, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News

Poetry

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2018

The finalists were announced on January 22, 2019. [33] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced at the New School in New York on March 14, 2019. [34]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

Criticism

Poetry

John Leonard Prize

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2019

Finalists were announced on January 11, 2020. [36] The winners ( Blueribbon icon.png ) were announced March 12, 2020. [37]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

  • Charles King, Gods of the Upper Air: How A Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century
  • Blueribbon icon.png Josh Levin, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth
  • Lucasta Miller, L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated “Female Byron”
  • George Packer, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
  • Sonia Purnell, A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Criticism

Poetry

2020

Finalists were announced on January 24, 2021. [38] Winners were announced on 25 March 2021. [39]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

  • Blueribbon icon.png Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World)
  • Shayla Lawson, This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope (HarperPerennial)
  • Riva Lehrer, Golem Girl (One World)
  • Wayétu Moore, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women (Graywolf)
  • Alia Volz, Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco (HMH)

Biography

  • Blueribbon icon.png Amy Stanley, Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World (Scribner)
  • Zachary D. Carter, The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes (Random House)
  • Heather Clark, Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath (Knopf)
  • Les Payne, Tamara Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X (Liveright)
  • Maggie Doherty, The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s (Knopf)

Criticism

Poetry

  • Victoria Chang, Obit  (Copper Canyon)
  • Blueribbon icon.png Francine J. Harris, Here Is The Sweet Hand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Imperial Liquor (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Chris Nealon, The Shore (Wave)
  • Danez Smith, Homie (Graywolf)

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

The Feminist Press at the City University of New York

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 (Books by) Juan Felipe Herrera and August Kleinzahler shared the award for 2008 Poetry, the only split award through the 2011/2012 cycle.

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