The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced at a ceremony filled with folks from all corners of the literary community on March 13th, 2014 at The New School Auditorium in New York. The award ceremony celebrated some of the best and brightest authors and books of 2013. Some of the highlights included a humbled Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie thanking fellow nominee Alice McDermott (Someone), who had been her teacher at John Hopkins and Anthony Marra receiving the first ever John Leonard Prize for his stunning debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners from last nights ceremony!
Fiction: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
General Nonfiction: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Autobiography: Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti by Amy Wilentz
Biography: Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosc
Criticism: Distant Reading by Franco Morett
Poetry: Metaphysical Dog: Poems by Frank Bidart
John Leonard Prize: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Katherine A. Powers