On Thursday evening, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its prestigious annual awards for fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism. This year's winners are:
Fiction: A Vist from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both--and escape the merciless progress of time--in the transporting realms of art and music.
Nonfiction: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history, and has written a definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.