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National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the winners of this year’s National Book Critics Circle Awards. Winners include poet Ross Gay and memoirist Margo Jefferson. Check out the full list of winners below!

Jefferson’s Negroland was perhaps the most notable winner of the night. Jefferson’s memoir of growing up in a wealthy African-American neighborhood has drawn widespread acclaim. Poet Ross Gay is also having a great year. Prior to winning the National Book Critics Circle Award, his Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude had already earned him the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize and made him a finalist for a National Book Award and an NAACP Image Award.

Paul Beatty won in the fiction category for his novel The Sellout, a satirical novel about slavery and segregation. Maggie Nelson took home the Criticism award for her hybrid criticism-memoir book The Argonauts, which examines her relationship with a transgender person.

The full list of winners is below.

 

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

 

Poetry

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

 

 

Criticism

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

 

 

Autobiography 

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

 

 

Biography

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon

 

 

Nonfiction

Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

 

 

Fiction 

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

 

 

The John Leonard Prize

Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade

 

 

The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Carlos Lozada

 

The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendell Berry