Last night the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC), of which I am a member, announced its award winners.

FICTION: Kiran Desai “The Inheritance of Loss”

NONFICTION: Simon Schama “Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution

BIOGRAPHY: Julie Phillips “James Tiptree Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon”

CRITICISM: Lawrence Weschler “Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences”

MEMOIR: Daniel Mendelsohn “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million”

POETRY: Troy Jollimore “Tom Thomson in Purgatory”

REVIEWING: Steven Kellman