National Book Critics Circle Award

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

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

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 6 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]

Winners

Fiction

Published
2018Anna BurnsMilkman
2017Joan SilberImprovement
2016Louise ErdrichLaRose
2015Paul BeattyThe Sellout
2014Marilynne RobinsonLila
2013Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanah
2012Ben FountainBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
2011Edith PearlmanBinocular Vision: New and Selected Stories
2010Jennifer EganA Visit from the Goon Squad
2009Hilary MantelWolf Hall
2008Roberto Bolaño2666
2007Junot DiazThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2006Kiran DesaiThe Inheritance of Loss
2005E. L. DoctorowThe March
2004Marilynne RobinsonGilead
2003Edward P. JonesThe Known World
2002Ian McEwanAtonement
2001W.G. SebaldAusterlitz
2000Jim CraceBeing Dead
1999Jonathan LethemMotherless Brooklyn
1998Alice MunroThe Love of a Good Woman
1997Penelope FitzgeraldThe Blue Flower
1996Gina BerriaultWomen in Their Beds
1995Stanley ElkinMrs. Ted Bliss
1994Carol ShieldsThe Stone Diaries
1993Ernest J. GainesA Lesson Before Dying
1992Cormac McCarthyAll the Pretty Horses
1991Jane SmileyA Thousand Acres
1990John UpdikeRabbit at Rest
1989E. L. DoctorowBilly Bathgate
1988Bharati MukherjeeThe Middleman and Other Stories
1987Philip RothThe Counterlife
1986Reynolds PriceKate Vaiden
1985Anne TylerThe Accidental Tourist
1984Louise ErdrichLove Medicine
1983William KennedyIronweed
1982Stanley ElkinGeorge Mills
1981John UpdikeRabbit Is Rich
1980Shirley HazzardThe Transit of Venus
1979Thomas FlanaganThe Year of the French
1978John CheeverThe Stories of John Cheever
1977Toni MorrisonSong of Solomon
1976John GardnerOctober Light
1975E. L. DoctorowRagtime

General nonfiction

Published
2018Steve CollDirectorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
2017Frances FitzGeraldThe Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
2016Matthew DesmondEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
2015Sam QuinonesDreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic
2014David Brion DavisThe Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
2013Sheri FinkFive Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
2012Andrew SolomonFar from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
2011Maya JasanoffLiberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
2010Isabel WilkersonThe Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
2009Richard HolmesThe Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
2008Dexter FilkinsThe Forever War
2007Harriet A. WashingtonMedical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present
2006Simon SchamaRough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
2005Svetlana AlexievichVoices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
2004Diarmaid MacCullochThe Reformation: A History
2003Paul HendricksonSons of Mississippi
2002Samantha PowerA Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
2001Nicholson BakerDouble Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
2000Ted ConoverNewjack: Guarding Sing Sing
1999Jonathan WeinerTime, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
1998Philip GourevitchWe Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
1997Anne FadimanThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
1996Jonathan RabanBad Land: An American Romance
1995Jonathan HarrA Civil Action
1994Lynn H. NicholasThe Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
1993Alan LomaxThe Land Where the Blues Began
1992Norman MacleanYoung Men and Fire
1991Susan FaludiBacklash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
1990Shelby SteeleThe Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America
1989Michael DorrisThe Broken Cord
1988Taylor BranchParting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63
1987Richard RhodesThe Making of the Atomic Bomb
1986John W. DowerWar Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
1985J. Anthony LukasCommon Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
1984Freeman DysonWeapons and Hope
1983Seymour M. HershThe Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
1982Robert CaroThe Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
1981Stephen Jay GouldThe Mismeasure of Man
1980Ronald SteelWalter Lippmann and the American Century
1979Telford TaylorMunich: The Price of Peace
1978Maureen HowardFacts of Life
1978Garry WillsInventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
1977Walter Jackson BateSamuel Johnson
1976Maxine Hong KingstonThe Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts
1975R. W. B. LewisEdith Wharton: A Biography

Memoir/Autobiography

Published
2018Nora KrugBelonging: A German Reckons With History and Home
2017Xiaolu GuoNine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China
2016Hope JahrenLab Girl
2015Margo JeffersonNegroland
2014Roz ChastCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
2013Amy WilentzFarewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti
2012Leanne ShaptonSwimming Studies
2011Mira BartókThe Memory Palace
2010Darin StraussHalf a Life
2009Diana AthillSomewhere Towards the End
2008Ariel SabarMy Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
2007Edwidge DanticatBrother, I'm Dying
2006Daniel MendelsohnThe Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
2005Francine du Plessix GrayThem: A Memoir of Parents

Biography

Published
2018Christopher BonanosFlash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
2017Caroline FraserPrairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
2016Ruth FranklinShirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
2015Charlotte GordonRomantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
2014John LahrTennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
2013Leo DamroschJonathan Swift: His Life and His World
2012Robert A. CaroThe Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
2011John Lewis GaddisGeorge F. Kennan: An American Life
2010Sarah BakewellHow To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne
2009Blake BaileyCheever: A Life
2008Patrick FrenchThe World is What it is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
2007Tim JealStanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer
2006Julie PhillipsJames Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
2005Kai Bird and Martin J. SherwinAmerican Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Biography/Autobiography (discontinued)

Published
2004Mark Stevens and Annalyn SwanDe Kooning: An American Master
2003William TaubmanKhrushchev: The Man and His Era
2002Janet BrowneCharles Darwin: The Power of Place, Vol. II
2001Adam SismanBoswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr.Johnson
2000Herbert P. BixHirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
1999Henry WiencekThe Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White
1998Sylvia NasarA Beautiful Mind
1997James TobinErnie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II
1996Frank McCourtAngela's Ashes
1995Robert PolitoSavage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson
1994Mikal GilmoreShot in the Heart
1993Edmund WhiteGenet
1992Carol BrightmanWriting Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World
1991Philip RothPatrimony: A True Story
1990Robert A. CaroMeans of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. II
1989Geoffrey C. WardA First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt
1988Richard EllmannOscar Wilde
1987Donald R. HowardChaucer: His Life, His Works, His World
1986Theodore RosengartenTombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter
1985Leon EdelHenry James: A Life
1984Joseph FrankDostoevsky: The Years of Ordeal, 1850–1859
1983Joyce JohnsonMinor Characters

Poetry

Published
2018Ada LimónThe Carrying
2017Layli Long SoldierWhereas
2016Ishion HutchinsonHouse of Lords and Commons
2015Ross GayCatalogue of Unabashed Gratitude
2014Claudia RankineCitizen: An American Lyric
2013Frank BidartMetaphysical Dog
2012D. A. PowellUseless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys
2011Laura KasischkeSpace, In Chains
2010C.D. WrightOne With Others
2009Rae ArmantroutVersed
2008Juan Felipe HerreraHalf the World in Light[lower-alpha 1]
2008August KleinzahlerSleeping it Off in Rapid City[lower-alpha 1]
2007Mary Jo BangElegy
2006Troy JollimoreTom Thomson in Purgatory
2005Jack GilbertRefusing Heaven
2004Adrienne RichThe School Among the Ruins
2003Susan StewartColumbarium
2002B.H. FairchildEarly Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest
2001Albert GoldbarthSaving Lives
2000Judy JordanCarolina Ghost Woods
1999Ruth StoneOrdinary Words
1998Marie PonsotThe Bird Catcher
1997Charles WrightBlack Zodiac
1996Robert HassSun Under Wood
1995William MatthewsTime and Money
1994Mark RudmanRider
1993Mark DotyMy Alexandria
1992Hayden CarruthCollected Shorter Poems 1946–1991
1991Albert GoldbarthHeaven and Earth: A Cosmology
1990Amy GerstlerBitter Angel
1989Rodney JonesTransparent Gestures
1988Donald HallThat One Day
1987C.K. WilliamsFlesh and Blood
1986Edward HirschWild Gratitude
1985Louise GlückThe Triumph of Achilles
1984Sharon OldsThe Dead and the Living
1983James MerrillThe Changing Light at Sandover
1982Katha PollittAntarctic Traveler
1981A.R. AmmonsA Coast of Trees
1980Frederick SeidelSunrise
1979Philip LevineAshes: Poems New and Old and 7 Years From Somewhere
1978L. E. SissmanHello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L. E. Sissman
1977Robert LowellDay by Day
1976Elizabeth BishopGeography III
1975John AshberySelf-portrait in a Convex Mirror

Criticism

Published
2018Zadie SmithFeel Free: Essays
2017Carina ChocanoYou Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages
2016Carol AndersonWhite Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
2015Maggie NelsonThe Argonauts
2014Ellen WillisThe Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis-Aronowitz
2013Franco MorettiDistant Reading
2012Marina WarnerStranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
2011Geoff DyerOtherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
2010Clare CavanaghLyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West
2009Eula BissNotes from No Man's Land: American Essays
2008Seth LererChildren’s Literature: A Readers’ History: Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter
2007Alex RossThe Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
2006Lawrence WeschlerEverything That Rises: A Book of Convergences
2005William LoganThe Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin
2004Patrick NeateWhere You're At: Notes From the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet
2003Rebecca SolnitRiver of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
2002William H. GassTests of Time
2001Martin AmisThe War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews, 1971–2000
2000Cynthia OzickQuarrel & Quandary
1999Jorge Luis BorgesSelected Non-Fictions
1998Gary GiddinsVisions of Jazz: The First Century
1997Mario Vargas LlosaMaking Waves
1996William H. GassFinding a Form
1995Robert DarntonThe Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France
1994Gerald EarlyThe Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture
1993John DizikesOpera in America: A Cultural History
1992Garry WillsLincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America
1991Lawrence L. LangerHolocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory
1990Arthur C. DantoEncounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present
1989John CliveNot by Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History
1988Clifford GeertzWorks and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author
1987Edwin DenbyDance Writings
1986Joseph BrodskyLess Than One: Selected Essays
1985William H. GassHabitations of the Word: Essays
1984Robert HassTwentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
1983John UpdikeHugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism
1982Gore VidalThe Second American Revolution and Other Essays
1981Virgil ThomsonA Virgil Thomson Reader
1980Helen VendlerPart of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets
1979Elaine PagelsThe Gnostic Gospels
1978Meyer SchapiroModern Art: 19th and 20th Centuries (Selected Papers, Volume 2)
1977Susan SontagOn Photography
1976Bruno BettelheimThe Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance and Importance of Fairy Tales
1975Paul FussellThe Great War and Modern Memory

John Leonard Award

Award for a best first book in any genre.

Published
2018Tommy OrangeThere There, novel
2017Carmen Maria MachadoHer Body and Other Parties, short story collection
2016Yaa GyasiHomegoing, novel
2015Kirstin Valdez QuadeNight at the Fiestas, short story collection
2014Phil KlayRedeployment, short story collection
2013Anthony MarraA Constellation of Vital Phenomena, novel

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Ivan Sandrof was one founder of the National Book Critics Circle[1] and its first President.[8]

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".

2018Arte Público Press
2017John McPhee
2016Margaret Atwood
2015Wendell Berry
2014Toni Morrison
2013Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
2012Sandra Gilbert
Susan Gubar
2011Robert Silverseditor of New York Review of Books
2010Dalkey Archive Press
2009Joyce Carol Oates
2008PEN American Center[9]
2007Emilie Buchwaldco-founder of the Milkweed Editions publishing house
2006John Leonard
2005Bill Hendersonfounder of Pushcart Press
2004Louis D. Rubin, Jr.founder of Algonquin Press, author and editor of more than 50 books
2003Studs Terkel
2002Richard Howard
2001Jason Epstein
2000Barney Rosset
1999Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Pauline Kael
1998
1997Leslie Fiedler
1996Albert Murray
1995Alfred Kazin
Elizabeth Hardwick
1994William Maxwell
1993
1992
1991
1990Donald Keene
1989James Laughlin
1988
1987Robert Giroux
1986
1985
1984The Library of America
1983
1982Leslie A. Marchand
1981

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

The Balakian Citation is annual. It honors Nona Balakian, who was one of three NBCC founders.[1][10] For 43 years, Balakian was an editor on the staff of the New York Times Book Review.[11] 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".[12]

Published
2018Maureen Corriganliterary critic for NPR and The Washington Post
2017Charles Finchliterary critic for The New York Times and others
2016Michelle Deanliterary critic for The New Yorker, New Republic and others
2015Carlos Lozadaof The Washington Post
2014Alexandra Schwartzof The New Yorker
2013Katherine A. Powerscontributor 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.
2012William Deresiewicza contributing writer at The Nation and The American Scholar
2011Kathryn Schulzbook critic at New York magazine
2010Parul Sehgalof Publishers Weekly
2009Joan Acocellaof The New Yorker
2008Ron Charlesof The Washington Post
2007Sam Andersonof New York magazine
2006Steven G. Kellman
2005Wyatt Masona contributor to Harper's, The New Yorker, The New Republic
2004David Orra contributor to The New York Times Book Review and Poetry Magazine
2003Scott McLemee
2002Maureen N. McLane
2001Michael Gorra
2000Daniel Mendelsohn
1999Benjamin Schwarz
1998Albert Mobilio
1997Thomas Mallon
1996Dennis Drabelle
1995Laurie Stone
1994JoAnn C. Gutin
1993Brigitte Frase
1992Elizabeth Ward
1991George Scialabba

Finalists

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

2018

The finalists were announced on January 22, 2019.[13] The winners () were announced at the New School in New York on March 14, 2018.[14]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

  • Richard Beard, The Day That Went Missing: A Family’s Story
  • Nicole Chung, All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
  • Rigoberto Gonzalez, What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood
  • Nora Krug, Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home
  • Nell Painter, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over
  • Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir

Biography

Criticism

Poetry

John Leonard Prize

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2017

The finalists were announced on January 21, 2018.[16][17] The winners () were announced on March 15, 2018 at the New School in New York.[18]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

  • Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
  • Roxane Gay, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
  • Henry Marsh, Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon
  • Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, The Girl From the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia
  • Xiaolu Guo, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China

Biography

  • 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

  • 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

2016

The finalists were announced on January 17, 2017.[19] The winners () were announced March 17, 2017 at the New School in New York.[20]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

  • Nigel Cliff, Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story
  • Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
  • Joe Jackson, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
  • Michael Tisserand, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White
  • Frances Wilson, Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey

Criticism

Poetry

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2015

The finalists were announced on January 18, 2016.[21] The winners () were announced March 17, 2016 at the New School in New York.[22]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Autobiography

Biography

  • Terry Alford, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth
  • 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

2014

The finalists were announced on January 19, 2015.[23] The winners () were announced March 12, 2015.[24]

Fiction

General Nonfiction

Poetry

Autobiography

Biography

  • Ezra Greenspan, William Wells Brown: An African American Life
  • S. C. Gwynne, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
  • Ian S. MacNiven, "Literchoor Is My Beat": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions
  • Miriam Pawel, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

Criticism

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2013

The finalists were announced on January 14, 2014.[25][26] The winners () were announced on March 13, 2014.[27]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

Autobiography

Biography

  • Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Doubleday)
  • 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)
  • Franco Moretti, Distant Reading (Verso)

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

John Leonard Prize

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

  • Katherine A. Powers
  • Ruth Franklin
  • James Marcus
  • Roxana Robinson
  • Alexandra Schwartz

2012

The finalists were announced January 14, 2013.[28] The winners () were announced on February 28, 2013.[29]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Criticism

  • Paul Elie, Reinventing Bach
  • Daniel Mendelsohn, Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
  • Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey
  • Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
  • Kevin Young, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

Poetry

Autobiography

Biography

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2011

The awards () were presented March 8, 2012, at the New School in New York City.[30]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Criticism

  • David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything
  • 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

  • Diane Ackerman, One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing
  • Mira Bartók, The Memory Palace
  • Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
  • Luis J. Rodriguez, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
  • Deb Olin Unferth, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War

Biography

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

2010

The 2010 winners () were announced March 10, 2011.[31]

Fiction

Nonfiction

Criticism

  • Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings (Harper )
  • Clare Cavanagh, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West (Yale University Press)
  • Susie Linfield, The Cruel Radiance (University of Chicago Press)
  • Ander Monson, Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir (Graywolf)

Biography

  • Sarah Bakewell, How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne (Other Press)
  • Selina Hastings, The Secret Lives Of Somerset Maugham: A Biography (Random House)
  • Yunte Huang, Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous With American History (Norton)
  • Thomas Powers, The Killing Of Crazy Horse (Knopf)
  • Tom Segev, Simon Wiesenthal: The Lives And Legends (Doubleday)

Autobiography

Poetry

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

2009

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

Fiction

General nonfiction

Criticism

  • 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

  • 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

2008

The 2008 winners () were announced March 12, 2009.[32]

Fiction

General nonfiction

Autobiography

  • Rick Bass, Why I Came West (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Helene Cooper, The House on Sugar Beach (Simon and Schuster)
  • Honor Moore, The Bishop’s Daughter (W.W. Norton)
  • Andrew X. Pham, The Eaves of Heaven (Harmony Books)
  • Ariel Sabar, My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq (Algonquin)

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)
  • 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

2007

The 2007 award winners () were announced on March 6, 2008.[33][34]

Fiction

General nonfiction

Autobiography

  • Joshua Clark, Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone (Free Press)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Emilie Buchwald, writer, editor, and founding publisher of Milkweed Editions, in Minneapolis.

Notes

  1. (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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