Our 8 NBCC Award Finalists

By Luis Diaz | February 5 2019 | Humanities & Social Sciences

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.

 

Fiction:

 

Nonfiction:

 

  • DIRECTORATE S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll (Penguin Press)

Autobiography:

 

Criticism:

 

Poetry:

 

 

Knopf author Tommy Orange will receive the annual John Leonard Prize, honoring first books in any genre for his novel THERE, THERE.

There There Jacket Image

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.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
978-0-8129-8865-9
Twenty-five years after Jesus' Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from the National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.
$17.00 US
Jan 08, 2019
Paperback
224 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks


Directorate S
The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
978-0-14-313250-9
In this New York Times Bestseller, author Steve Coll resumes the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars and tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11
$19.00 US
Feb 05, 2019
Paperback
784 Pages
Penguin Books


God Save Texas
A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
978-0-525-43590-7
A New York Times Notable Book
$16.95 US
Mar 05, 2019
Paperback
368 Pages
Vintage


Feel Free
Essays
978-0-14-311025-5
From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays
$18.00 US
Feb 05, 2019
Paperback
480 Pages
Penguin Books

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
978-0-14-313318-6
Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018 A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead "Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America." -The New York Times
$18.00 US
Jun 19, 2018
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Books

There There
A novel
978-0-525-52037-5
Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. 
$25.95 US
Jun 05, 2018
Hardcover
304 Pages
Knopf