The winners are:
Poetry: House of Lords and Commons: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Ishion Hutchinson
Fiction: LaRose (Harper) by Louise Erdrich
Memoir: Lab Girl (Knopf) by Hope Jahren
General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown) by Matthew Desmond
Biography: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright) by Ruth Franklin
Criticism: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury) by Carol Anderson
The award-winners were announced last night at a ceremony in New York City, during which the NBCC also honored the winners of three more prizes: Yaa Gyasi received the John Leonard Prize for her debut novel, Homegoing; Margaret Atwood received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award; and Michelle Dean received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.
The NBCC also announced the inaugural recipients of its Emerging Critics Fellowship, a new program that “aspires to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of critics.” The fellows are Taylor Brorby, Paul W. Gleason, Zachary Graham, Yalie Saweeda Kamara, Summer McDonald, Ismail Muhamad, and Heather Scott Partington.
Established in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle is comprised of seven hundred working critics and book review editors throughout the country, and has administered its awards since 1975. The prizes honor “the best books published in the past year in the United States,” and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry.