Awards: NBCC Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has unveiled 30 finalists in six categories--autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry--for the outstanding books of 2017. The awards will be presented on March 15 in New York.

Also, NBCC announced that John McPhee has won the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award and said, in part, that McPhee's "lifetime contribution to letters and book culture include his pioneering work in the fields of new journalism and creative nonfiction; his explorations of widely varying topics, including science, sports, and the environment; and his mentorship of countless young writers and journalists."

Her Body and Other Parties, a debut story collection by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), has won the John Leonard Prize, recognizing "outstanding first books in any genre."

Charles Finch, author of The Last Enchantments and the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Inheritance and A Beautiful Blue Death, has won the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. His reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and elsewhere.

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