Women are Everywhere: National Book Critics Circle Finalists

by Melissa Silverstein on January 25, 2010

in Awards,Books

Remember way back in November when Publisher’s Weekly came up with a list of the top 10 books (not best selling books) of the year and not a single one was written by a woman?  Lo and behold the National Book Critics Circle disagrees a bit and has nominated many different women for its 2009 awards.   Clearly, we gotta do better in biography, criticism and non-fiction.  Wolf Hall is on my reading list.

Here are the female nominees:

Autobiography:
Diana Athill, Somewhere Towards the End (Norton)
Debra Gwartney, Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Mary Karr, Lit (Harper)
Kati Marton, Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America (Simon & Schuster)

Biography:
Martha A. Sandweiss, Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line (Penguin Press)

Criticism:
Eula Biss, Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays (Graywolf Press)

Fiction:
Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)
Michelle Huneven, Blame (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG)
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (Holt)
Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Knopf)

Nonfiction:
Wendy Doniger, The Hindus: An Alternative History (Penguin Press)

Poetry:
Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan)
Louise Glück, A Village Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Eleanor Ross Taylor, Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960–2008 (Louisiana State University Press)
Rachel Zucker, Museum of Accidents (Wave Books)

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing
Joan Acocella

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award
Joyce Carol Oates

National Book Critics Circle Finalists

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Alice Charles January 30, 2010 at 4:56 AM

I’d like to draw everyone’s attention to a review of the film Precious in the newspaper The Guardian written by Peter Bradshaw, which centred on the fact that he objected to seeing a large black woman on the big screen. There is a strong case for there being more female critics on the arts pages of all publications. I always scan the masthead of film magazines to see just how many women are listed as reviewers. If there aren’t any or only one, I don’t buy the publication.

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