The National Book Critics’ Circle has announced the finalists for its annual book awards. I was thrilled and surprised to find out that I had made the list for the Nona Balakian, which is the award given for excellence in reviewing. The other finalists are Michael Antman, Kathryn Harrison, and Todd Shy; the winner is Ron Charles of the Washington Post. I am absolutely delighted for him; this is a richly deserved honor for a wonderful book critic.
The finalists in the fiction category are:
Roberto Bolaño, 2666. Farrar, Straus
Marilynne Robinson, Home, Farrar, Straus
Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project, Riverhead
M. Glenn Taylor, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, West Virginia University Press
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kittredge, Random House
You can find list of all finalists in all categories on the NBCC page.