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NBCC Awards


by Jerome Weeks 7 Mar 2008

The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last night in New York. Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Sam Anderson Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Emilie Buchwald, founder of Milkweed Editions Criticism: Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Poetry: Mary Jo Bang, Elegy (Graywolf […]

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The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last night in New York.

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Sam Anderson

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Emilie Buchwald, founder of Milkweed Editions

Criticism: Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Poetry: Mary Jo Bang, Elegy (Graywolf Press)

Biography: Tim Jeal, Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer (Yale University Press)

Nonfiction: Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (Doubleday)

Autobiography: Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying (Knopf)

Fiction: Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books)

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  • Brother I’m Dying was my favorite book from last year. It’s a heartwarming tale of immigrant experience, the tragedy of Haiti, as well as a tribute to the author’s love for her father and uncle, who provided 2 father figures for her. I highly recommend it.