National Book Critics Circle’s 2014 Awards Finalists

By Dianna Dilworth 

The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their 2014 book awards. The winners will be announced on March 12, 2015 at the New School in New York City. Follow this link for the complete listings in Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, and Poetry.

For the first time in the award’s history a single book was nominated in two categories: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric is a nominee in both Poetry and Criticism. Toni Morrison will receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Phil Klay’s short story collection Redeployment has been awarded the John Leonard Prize.

The fiction finalists are: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih AlameddineA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James; Lily King’s EuphoriaOn Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee; and Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

The non-fiction finalists were: David Brion Davis‘ The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation; The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra CouveeThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth KolbertThomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer; and Hector Tobar‘s Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free.