National Book Critics Circle Award
The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced yesterday. These awards honor the best books of the year in six different categories. The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization consisting of more than 600 active book reviewers.
The 2009 winners are:
Fiction: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
General Nonfiction: Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Biography: Blake Bailey, Cheever: A Life
Autobiography: Diana Athill, Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir
Poetry: Rae Armantrout, Versed
Criticism: Eula Biss, Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays
The fiction winner, Wolf Hall, is a historical novel about Henry VIII and his court, centering on his adviser Thomas Cromwell. This novel was also awarded the Man Booker Prize for 2009.