Highlights

Congratulations to our National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists!

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The National Book Critics Circle has announced their finalists for the 2019 NBCC Awards. We are proud to represent three indomitable speakers whose books made the list. With masterful writing in both fiction and nonfiction, these authors have created works that push the boundaries of literature and profoundly shift readers’ perspectives. Congratulations to our speakers!

Danticat, Whitehead, and Keefe join the ranks of many other PRHSB speakers who are NBCC Award winners, including: Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life; Edwidge Danticat (again!), author of Brother I’m Dying; Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns; David Nasaw, author of The ChiefDexter Filkins, author of The Forever WarJunot Diaz, author of The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao; Yaa Gyasi, author of HomegoingJennifer Egan, author of Welcome to the Goon Squad; and Tommy Orange, who won the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for There There.

Fiction

Everything Inside

Everything Inside - Edwidge Danticat

2019 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Finalist for The Story Prize, NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019, TIME‘s Best Books of 2019, Buzzfeed‘s Best Books of 2019, Esquire‘s Best Books of 2019

“Immensely rewarding, clear-eyed, gorgeous. . . a stunning collection that features some of the best writing of Danticat’s brilliant career.” —Michael Schaub, NPR

The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead

2019 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2019, Amazon’s Best Books of 2019, EW’s Best Books of 2019, Variety‘s Best Books of 2019, TIME‘s Best Books of 2019, NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019

“This is a powerful book by one of America’s great writers. . . . Without sentimentality, in as intense and finely crafted a book as you’ll ever read, Whitehead tells a story of American history that won’t allow you to see the country in the same way again.” —Toronto Star

Nonfiction

Say Nothing

Say Nothing - Patrick Radden Keefe

2019 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Winner of the Orwell Prize, Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award, Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2019, New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Best Books of 2019, EW’s Best Books of 2019, Variety‘s Best Books of 2019, NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019

“The book often reads like a novel, but as anyone familiar with his work for The New Yorker can attest, Keefe is an obsessive reporter and researcher, a master of narrative nonfiction. . .An incredible story.” —Rolling Stone