The National Book Critics Circle awards were presented last night, with Paul Beatty’s satirical novel about race, The Sellout, winning for fiction.
The other winners:
Nonfiction: Sam Quinones’ Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Autobiography: Margo Jefferson’s Negroland
Criticism: Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts
Biography: Charlotte Gordon’s Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
Poetry: Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
The critics circle also honored poet, essayist and environmentalist Wendell Berry with a lifetime achievement prize. Kirstin Valdez Quade’s won the John Leonard Prize for a debut book for Night at the Fiestas. Carlos Lozada, associate editor and nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post, won the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.