Stole this paragraph from the newsletter from Quail Ridge Books – only thing bad about that wonderful book store is it’s location – North Carolina.


National Book Critics Circle 2014 award were announced last week. Claudia Rankine, whose Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf) made history for having been the first book to be a finalist in two categories (poetry and criticism), was given the award for poetry. The fiction prize was given to Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, a companion to her earlier novels about the small town of Gilead, Iowa. Roz Chast was given the autobiography prize for Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, her revelatory, insightful and often hilarious graphic memoir about the aging and deaths of her parents. The biography prize went to John Lahr’s Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, which brings vibrant prose and a critic’s acumen to a biography of one of the greats of 20th century American theater. David Brion Davis was awarded the prize in general nonfiction for The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, which suggests that slavery is both the cornerstone of and the fundamental challenge to the basic principles of New World nation-building: labor and production, citizenship and human rights.

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