Congratulations to our 8 National Book Critics Circle finalists for their 2018 Awards. Founded in 1974, the NBCC now comprises more than 1,000 working critics and book-review editors throughout the country, who annually vote and bestow its awards in six categories, honoring the best books published in the past year in the United States.
- THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN by Denis Johnson (Random House)
- THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER by Francisco Cantú (Riverhead)
- DIRECTORATE S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll (Penguin Press)
- THE CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt (Penguin Press)
- GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)
- EDUCATED by Tara Westover (Random House)
- FEEL FREE by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press)
- AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN by Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books)
Knopf author Tommy Orange will receive the annual John Leonard Prize, honoring first books in any genre for his novel THERE, THERE.
See all NBCC nominees here.
Winners of the NBCC awards will be announced on Thursday, March 14 at a ceremony in Manhattan’s New School’s Tishman Auditorium. A finalists’ reading will be held on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.