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    Here are the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award finalists.

    Emily Temple

    January 31, 2023, 7:30pm

    On Tuesday, the National Book Critics Circle announced its 30 finalists for the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Awards, which celebrate the best books of the year in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. The finalists for the John Leonard Prize for best first book and the inaugural Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize were also announced.

    The NBCC Service Award, new this year, was awarded to Barbara Hoffert, and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing was awarded to Jennifer Wilson. The recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award is Joy Harjo, and the recipient of the 2nd Annual Toni Morrison Achievement Award is City Lights.

    “We’re an all-volunteer organization with a mission that’s simple and sweet: honor outstanding writing and foster a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature,” said NBCC President Megan Labrise in a press release.

    The 2022 awards will be presented on March 23, 2023 at the New School in New York City. Until then, here are the finalists:


    Jazmina Barrera, Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy and Earthquakestrans. by Christina McSweeney (Two Lines Press)
    Hua Hsu, Stay True: A Memoir (Doubleday)
    Dorthe Nors, A Line in the World: A Year on the North Sea Coasttrans. by Caroline Waight (Graywolf Press)
    Darryl Pinckney, Come Back in September: A Literary Education on West Sixty-seventh Street, Manhattan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir (Doubleday)


    Beverly Gage, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century (Viking)
    Kerri K. Greenidge, The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family (Liveright)
    Jennifer Homans, Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century (Random House)
    Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman, Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life (Doubleday)
    Aaron Sachs, Up from the Depths: Herman Melville, Lewis Mumford, and Rediscovery in Dark Times (Princeton University Press)


    Rachel Aviv, Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    Timothy Bewes, Free Indirect: The Novel in a Postfictional Age (Columbia University Press)
    Peter Brooks, Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative (New York Review Books)
    Margo Jefferson, Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir (Pantheon)
    Alia Trabucco Zerán, When Women Kill: Four Crimes Retoldtrans. Sophie Hughes (Coffee House Press)


    Percival Everett, Dr. No (Graywolf Press)
    Jon Fosse, A New Name: Septology VI-VIItrans. by Damion Searls (Transit Books)
    Mieko Kawakami, All the Lovers in the Nighttrans. by Sam Bett and David Boyd (Europa Editions)
    Ling Ma, Bliss Montage: Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    Namwali Serpell, The Furrows (Hogarth)


    Isaac Butler, The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act (Bloomsbury)
    Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands (W.W. Norton)
    Joseph Osmundson, Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between (W.W. Norton)
    Annie Proulx, Fen, Bog, & Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis (Scribner)
    Ed Yong, An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us (Random House)


    Mosab Abu Toha, Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear (City Lights)
    Cynthia Cruz, Hotel Oblivion (Four Way Books)
    David Hernandez, Hello I Must Be Going (University of Pittsburgh Press)
    Paul Hlava Ceballos, banana [ ] (University of Pittsburgh Press)
    Bernadette Mayer, Milkweed Smithereens (New Directions)


    Boris Dralyuk’s translation of Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov (Deep Vellum)
    Jennifer Croft’s translation of The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books)
    Fady Joudah’s translation of You Can Be the Last Leaf by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat (Milkweed Editions)
    Mara Faye Lethem’s translation of When I Sing, Mountains Dance by Irene Solà (Graywolf Press)
    Christina MacSweeney’s translation of Linea Nigra by Jazmina Barrera (Two Lines Press)
    Mark Polizzotti’s translation of Kibogo by Scholastique Mukasonga (Archipelago)


    Jessamine Chan, The School for Good Mothers (S&S/Mary Sue Rucci Books)
    Jonathan Escoffery, If I Survive You (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    Tess Gunty, The Rabbit Hutch (Knopf)
    Zain Khalid, Brother Alive (Grove Atlantic)
    Maud Newton, Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and a Reconciliation (Random House)
    Morgan Talty, Night of the Living Rez (Tin House)
    Vauhini Vara, The Immortal King Rao (Norton)

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