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Michael Chabon, Robert Pinsky Named Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards

On Tuesday, the National Book Critics Circle revealed the finalists for its 2016 book awards. Those finalists include Michael Chabon’s “Moonglow” in fiction, former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s “At The Foundling Hospital” in poetry, Jane Mayer’s “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,” and Jenny Diski’s “In Gratitude” in autobiography. Mark Greif and Alice Kaplan both gained nods for criticism for, respectively, “Against Everything” and “Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic.”

In addition to awards in fiction, autobiography, biography, criticism, poetry, and general nonfiction, the National Book Critics Circle will present three standalone awards: to Margaret Atwood for lifetime achievement, to Yaa Gyasi’s novel “Homegoing” as the best first book in any genre, and Michelle Dean for excellence in reviewing.

In advance of the March awards, revisit the Forward’s coverage of some the books nominated: Chabon’s “Moonglow” and Diski’s “In Gratitude”


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