Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Lethem and Geoff Dyer Are National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

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On Saturday night at the Artists Space in Soho, the 2010 winners of the National Book Critics Circle awards (including Elif Batuman and Jennifer Egan) announced the 2011 finalists.

They include New York Times Magazine writer John Jeremiah Sullivan, late feminist rock critic Ellen Willis, rookie novelist Teju Cole and Manning Marable, who passed away shortly before his biography of Malcom X was published. 

Notably absent are critical faves The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach; The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht; Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman and Arguably, by Christopher Hitchens.

Full list of nominees below.

Fiction
Teju Cole, “Open City”
Jeffrey Eugenides, “The Marriage Plot”
Alan Hollinghurst, “Stranger’s Child”
Edith Pearlmam, “Binocular Vision”
Dana Spiotta, “Stone Arabia”

Nonfiction
Amanda Foreman, “A World On Fire”
James Gleick, “The Information”
Adam Hochschild, “To End All Wars”
Maya Jasanoff, “Liberty’s Exiles”
John Jeremiah Sullivan, “Pulphead”

Autobio
Diana Ackerman, “One Hundred Names for Love”
Mira Bartok, “Memory Palace”
Luis Rodriguez, “It Calls You Back”
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, “Harlem is Nowhere”
Deb Olin Unferth, “Revolution”

Biography
Mary Gabriel, “Love and Capital”
John Lewis Gaddis, “George F. Kennan”
Paul Hendrickson, “Hemingway’s Boat”
Manning Marable, “Malcolm X”
Ezra Vogel, “Deng Xiaoping”

Criticism
David Bellos, “Is That A Fish In Your Ear”
Geoff Dyer, “Otherwise Known As the Human Condition”
Jonathan Lethem, “The Ecstasy of Influence”
Dubravka Ugresic, “Karaoke Culture”
Ellen Willis, “Out of the Vinyl Deeps”

Poetry
Forrest Gander, ” Core Samples…”
Aracelis Girmay, “Kingdom Animalia”
Laura Kasischke, “Space, In Chains”
Yusef Komunyakaa, “The Chameleon Couch”
Bruce Smith, “Devotions”

Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Lethem and Geoff Dyer Are National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists