Past Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English. Below are the past winners for the National Book Critics Circle annual awards. (List under construction)
Fiction: Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
General Nonfiction: Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History (Viking).
Biography/Autobiography: Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, De Kooning: An American Master (Knopf).
Poetry: Adrienne Rich, The School Among the Ruins (Norton).
Criticism: Patrick Neate, Where You�re At: Notes From the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet (Riverhead).
Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Louis D. Rubin, Jr., founder of Algonquin Press and the author and editor of over 50 books.
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: David Orr, a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and Poetry magazine.
Fiction: Edward P. Jones, Known World (Amistad/HarperCollins).
General Nonfiction: Paul Hendrickson, Sons of Mississippi (Knopf).
Biography/Autobiography: William Taubman, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, (Norton).
Poetry: Susan Stewart, Columbarium (University of Chicago Press).
Criticism: Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (Viking).
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Scott McLemee.
Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Studs Terkel.
Fiction: Ian McEwan, Atonement (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese) See NBCC commentary on this book.
General Nonfiction: Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (Basic Books)
Biography/Autobiography: Janet Browne, Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, Vol. II (Knopf)
Poetry: B.H. Fairchild, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (W.W. Norton)
Criticism: William H. Gass, Tests of Time (Knopf)
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Maureen N. McLane
Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Howard
Fiction: Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
General Nonfiction: Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, Nicholson Baker
Biography and Autobiography: Boswell�s Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr.Johnson, Adam Sisman
Poetry: Saving Lives, Albert Goldbarth See NBCC commentary on this book
Criticism: The War Against Clich�: Essays and Reviews, 1971-2000, Martin Amis
Fiction: Being Dead, Jim Crace
General Nonfiction: Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, Ted Conover
Biography and Autobiography: Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, Herbert P. Bix
Poetry: Carolina Ghost Woods, Judy Jordan
Criticism: Quarrel & Quandary, Cynthia Ozick
Fiction: Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
General Nonfiction: Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior, Jonathan Weiner
Biography and Autobiography: The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, Henry Wiencek
Poetry: Ordinary Words, Ruth Stone
Criticism: Selected Non-Fictions, Jorge Luis Borges
Fiction: The Love of a Good Woman, Alice Munro
General Nonfiction: We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families, Philip Gourevitch
Biography and Autobiography: A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar
Poetry: The Bird Catcher, Marie Ponsot
Criticism: Visions of Jazz, Gary Giddins
Fiction: The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald (Mariner/Houghton)
General Nonfiction:The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Biography/ Autobiography: Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II by James Tobin (Free Press),
Poetry: Black Zodiac , by Charles Wright, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Criticism: Making Waves by Mario Vargas Llosa (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Ivan Sandrof Award, Contribution to American Arts & Letters:Leslie Fiedler
Nona Balakian Excellence in Reviewing Award:Thomas Mallon
Fiction: Women in Their Beds, Gina Berriault (Counterpoint)
General Non-Fiction: Bad Land, Jonathan Raban (Pantheon)
Biography/Autobiography: Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt(Scribner)
Poetry: Sun Under Wood, Robert Hass (Ecco Press)
Criticism: Finding a Form, William Gass (Knopf)
Ivan Sandrof Award, Contribution to American Arts & Letters Albert Murray
Fiction: Mrs. Ted Bliss, Stanley Elkin (Hyperion)
General Non-Fiction: A Civil Action, Jonathon Harr (Random House)
Biography/Autobiography Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, Robert Polito (Knopf)
Poetry: Time and Money, William Matthews (Houghton Mifflin)
Criticism The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, Robert Darnton (W.W. Norton)
Nona Balakian Excellence in Reviewing Award Laurie Stone
Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Acheivement in Publishing Alfred Kanan and Elizabeth Hardwick
Fiction: The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (Viking)
General Non-Fiction: The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War, Lynn H. Nicholas (Knopf)
Biography/Autobiography Shot in the Heart, Mikal Gilmore (Doubleday)
Poetry: Rider, Mark Rudman (Wesleyan University Press)
Criticism The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature and Modern American Culture, Gerald Early (Ecco Press)
Nona Balakian Excellence in Reviewing Award JoAnn C. Gutin
Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Acheivement in Publishing William Maxwell
Fiction: A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines (Knopf)
General Non-Fiction: The Land Where the Blues Began, Alan Lomax (Pantheon)
Biography/Autobiography Genet, Edmund White (Knopf)
Poetry: My Alexandria, Mark Doty (University of Illinois)
Criticism Opera in America: A Cultural History, John Dizikes (Yale University)
Nona Balakian Excellence in Reviewing Award Brigitte Frase
Fiction: All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy (Knopf)
General Non-Fiction: Young Men and Fire, Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press)
Biography/Autobiography Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World, Carol Brightman (Clarkson N. Potter)