March 21st, 2019

Zadie Smith, Anna Burns among winners of critics prizes


By Hillel Italie, The Associated Press on March 14, 2019.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, author Anna Burns smiles after being presented with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 for "Milkman," during the prize's 50th year at the Guildhall in London. Burns’ “Milkman" has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

NEW YORK – Anna Burns’ “Milkman,” winner last fall of the Man Booker Prize, has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. Zadie Smith won the criticism prize for her essay collection “Feel Free.”

Steve Coll’s book on the CIA, “Directorate S,” was the nonfiction winner, and Nora Krug’s “Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home” received the award for autobiography. Others winners Thursday night included Ada Limón’s “The Carrying” for poetry and “Christopher Bonanos’ “Flash,” about the photographer Weegee, for biography.

Honorary prizes were presented to NPR critic Maureen Corrigan and Latino publisher Arte Publico. Tommy Orange’s acclaimed novel “There There” was named best debut book.

The critics circle was founded in 1974 and includes around 800 reviewers, authors, bloggers and others in the books community.

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