This is a little late, but I’m going to blame Twitter and the delayed Tweets from the New Yorker’s book bench. I don’t know how influential the National Book Critics Circle awards are, but their name is appropriately long and intimidating. I do think it’s a bit sketchy that they chose a British novel for a national (re: American) award, but it’s Wolf Hall so what do you expect? Mantel is having quite the year.
Fiction: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Poetry: Versed by Rae Armantrout
Non-fiction: The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
Criticism: Notes from No-Man’s Land: American Essays by Eula Bliss
Biography: Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey
Autobiography: Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill