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!
Chanel Miller, Know My Name
Josh Levin, The Queen
Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
(W. W. Norton)
Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside
Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing
Morgan Parker, Magical Negro
Read “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” a poem from this collection.
THE JOHN LEONARD PRIZE
Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House
Read Sarah M. Broom on coming of age in New Orleans.