Publishing News


February 1-15, 2004 Edition AWARDS Book Critics


2004 Shortlist

NEW YORK, NY/1/21/04—The National Book Critics Circle has announced its shortlist for the 2004 NBCC awards, which will be presented on March 4.

The fiction shortlist includes:

Brick Lane by Monica Ali (Scribner) A Distant Shore by Caryl Phillips (Knopf) The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Amistad) The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers (FSG) Old School by Tobias Wolff (Knopf)

Nonfiction finalists are:

The Bounty by Carolyn Alexander (Viking) Gulag by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday) Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole Leblanc (Scribner) Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. Vollman (McSweeney’s) Sons of Mississippi by Paul Hendrickson (Knopf)

Biography/Autobiography shortlisted authors are:

Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden (Yale) Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman (Norton) The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Paul Elie (FSG) Lucia Joyce by Carol Loeb Schloss (FSG) A Tragic Honesty by Blake Bailey (Picador)

The poetry list includes:

Blue Hour by Carolyn Forché (HarperCollins) Columbarium by Susan Stewart (Chicago) Granted by Mary Szybist (Alice James) She Says by Venus Khoury-Ghata (Graywolf) What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland (Greywolf)

The criticism nominees are:

Gritos by Dagoberto Gilb (Grove) Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King (Walker) River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag (FSG) Songbook by Nick Hornby (McSweeney’s)

Studs Terkel will be given The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing will go to Scott McLemee from the Chronicle of Higher Education.