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National Book Critics Circle winners announced

The Sellout. Paul Beatty. Picador.
The Sellout. Paul Beatty. Picador.

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.

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