March 18, 2018

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2001 Contenders

By LJ Staff

The National Book Critics Circle has released the names of the authors in the running for the 2001 awards. As in previous years, the nominees are a crop of veterans and newbies representing Goliath print houses such as Random and HarperCollins and gallant university press and smaller publishers such as Lyons Press. “We are very pleased by the diversity of publishers, and especially the number of university press titles on this year’s list,” said NBCC Board Member and Vice President for Awards Rebecca Miller, also an associate editor in Library Journal’s Book Review. In addition the group will present its Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing to Michael Gorra and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to Jason Epstein. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 11, in New York City. The contenders in each category are:


  • Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (Farrar)
  • Alice Munro, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship
    , Loveship, Marriage: Stories
  • Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (HarperCollins)
  • W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz (Random)
  • Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days (Doubleday)

General Nonfiction

  • Nicholson Baker, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (Random)
  • Nina Bernstein, The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care (Pantheon)
  • Jan T. Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland (Princeton Univ.)
  • Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Random House)
  • Sam Roberts, The Brother: The Untold Story of Atomic Spy David Greenglass and How He Sent His Sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the Electric Chair (Random)


  • Paula Fox, Borrowed Finery: A Memoir (Holt)
  • David Hajdu, Positively 4th Street: The Lives a
    nd Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña
  • Adam Sisman, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson (Farrar)
  • Katherine Clark, Milking the Moon: A Southerner’s Story of Life on This Planet (Crown)
  • Barry Werth, The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)


  • Louise Glück, The Seven Ages (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • Albert Goldbarth, Saving Lives (Ohio State)
  • Bob Hicok, Animal Soul (Invisible Cities)
  • Jane Hirshfield, Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins
  • Czeslaw Milosz, A Treatise on Poetry (Ecco/HarperCollins)


  • Martin Amis, The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews, 1971-2000 (Talk Miramax)
  • H.J. Jackson, Marginalia: Readers
    Writing in Books
  • W.D. Snodgrass, De/Compositions:101 Good Poems Gone Wrong (Graywolf)
  • Rebecca Solnit, As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art (Univ. of Georgia)
  • Joy Williams, Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals (Lyons)