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Here are the National Book Critics Circle Award winners!

Katie Yee

March 12, 2020, 7:00pm

This evening, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of their annual awards, which celebrates excellent writing and encourages the discourse around literature. These are the only national awards chosen by the book critics themselves.

The original ceremony that was supposed to be held tonight at The New School was cancelled on account of COVID-19. However, the National Book Critics Circle Board is planning to honor the winners and finalists at a gala in New York City on September 12th.

Below are this year’s winners. Congratulations to all!


know my name chanel miller

Chanel Miller, Know My Name



the queen levin

Josh Levin, The Queen
(Little, Brown)



Wayward Lives Beautiful Experiments_Saidiya Hartman

Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
(W. W. Norton)



Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside

Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside

Read a conversation with Edwidge Danticat.



Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing

Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing



Morgan Parker, Magical Negro
(Tin House)

Read “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” a poem from this collection.



The Yellow House

Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House

Read Sarah M. Broom on coming of age in New Orleans.

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