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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson's Lila has won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It is the third book in a trilogy that started with her novel Gilead, which won the NBCC Award for fiction in 2005.
The winner for Autobiography was Roz Chast's ballyhooed Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, which is written in the graphic novel form (there needs to be a universally accepted word for a nonfiction graphic novel) and has put in a serious shift for legitimizing graphic novels in the eyes of critics. Not surprisingly, it is the first graphic novel to win the award.
Below is a list of all the winners (you can see the nominees here):
- Fiction: Lila by Marrilynne Robinson
- Nonfiction: The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis
- Autobiography: by Roz Chast
- Biography: Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr
- Criticism: The Essential Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz
- Poetry: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- The John Leonard Prize: Redeployment by Phil Klay