National Book Critics Circle announces finalists for 2021 awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2021 awards. The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on March 17, streaming on Wildbound Live.

Joshua Cohen, The Netanyahus
Rachel Cusk, Second Place
Sarah Hall, Burntcoat
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle

John Leonard Prize (for first book)
Ashley C. Ford, Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, My Monticello: Fiction
Torrey Peters, Detransition, Baby
Larissa Pham, Pop Song: Adventures in Art & Intimacy
Anthony Veasna So, Afterparties: Stories
Devon Walker-Figueroa, Philomath: Poems

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B.K. Fischer, Ceive
Donika Kelly, The Renunciations: Poems
Rajiv Mohabir, Cutlish
Cheswayo Mphanza, The Rinehart Frames
Diane Seuss, Frank: Sonnets

Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
Jeremy Atherton Lin, Gay Bar: Why We Went Out
Rodrigo Garcia, A Farewell To Gabo And Mercedes: A Son’s Memoir of Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha

Doireann Ní Ghríofa, A Ghost in the Throat
Albert Samaha, Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes

Susan Bernofsky, Clairvoyant of the Small: The Life of Robert Walser
Keisha N. Blain, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America
Rebecca Donner, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
Mark Harris, Mike Nichols: A Life
Alexander Nemerov, Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York

Melissa Febos, Girlhood
Jenny Diski, Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?: Essays
Jesse McCarthy, Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?: Essays
Mark McGurl, Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon
Amia Srinivasan, The Right To Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

Patrick Radden Keefe, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Joshua Prager, The Family Roe: An American Story
Sam Quinones, The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth
Clint Smith, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
Rebecca Solnit, Orwell’s Roses


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