Terry Castle (pictured), Kay Ryan, Anne Carson, Patti Smith and Christopher Hitchens are all finalists for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Awards. The finalists were announced on Saturday night at 
WNYCs’ Greene Performance Space, in New York, NY
. See the full list of finalists below.

Fiction, 2010

Announced by Zadie Smith, NBCC finalist for White Teeth, 2000.

  • Jennifer Egan. A Visit From The Goon Squad (Knopf)
  • Jonathan Franzen. Freedom (FSG)
  • David Grossman. To The End Of The Land (Knopf)
  • Hans Keilson. Comedy In A Minor Key (FSG)
  • Paul Murray. Skippy Dies (Faber & Faber)

Biography, 2010

Announced By Blake Bailey, NBCC Biography Finalist For Cheever: A Life, 2009.

  • 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)

Criticism, 2010

Announced By Stephen Burt, NBCC Criticism Finalist for Close Calls with Nonsense, 2009.

  • Elif Batuman. The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books And The People Who Read Them (FSG)
  • Terry Castle. The Professor And Other Writings (Harper)
  • Clare Cavanagh. Lyric Poetry And Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, And The West (Yale)
  • Susan Linfield. The Cruel Radiance (Chicago)
  • Ander Monson. Vanishing Point: Not A Memoir (Graywolf)

Autobiography, 2010

Announced By Honor Moore, NBCC Autobiography Finalist For The Bishop’s Daughter, 2008.

  • Kai Bird. Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming Of Age Between The Arabs And Israelis, 1956-1978 (Scribner)
  • David Dow. The Autobiography Of An Execution (Twelve)
  • Christopher Hitchens. Hitch-22: A Memoir (Twelve)
  • Rahna Reiko Rizzuto. Hiroshima In The Morning (Feminst Press)
  • Patti Smith. Just Kids (Ecco)
  • Darin Strauss. Half A Life (Mcsweeney’s)

Nonfiction, 2010

Announced By Annette Gordon Reed, NBCC Nonfiction Finalist For The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, 2008

  • Barbara Demick. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau)
  • S.C. Gwynne. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American (Scribner)
  • Jennifer Homans. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (Random)
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner)
  • Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Random)

Poetry, 2010

Announced By Carolyn Forche, NBCC Poetry Finalist For Blue Hour, 2003.

  • Anne Carson. Nox (New Directions)
  • Kathleen Graber.The Eternal City (Princeton)
  • Terrance Hayes. Lighthead (Penguin Poets)
  • Kay Ryan. The Best Of It (Grove)
  • C.D. Wright. One With Others (Copper Canyon)

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  1. […] National Book Critics Circle Finalist announced, with Terry Castle (The Professor and Other Writings), Kay Ryan (The Best of It), Patti Smith (Just Kids), and Anne Carson (Nox) all nominated in their respective categories. […]



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