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March 2010
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Our National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

The Age of Wonder

The National Book Critics Circle has announced their annual awards, and the winners include two Knopf Doubleday titles (both are now available as Vintage paperbacks). The nonfiction award went to The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes, and Cheever by Blake Bailey (Knopf) won the award for biography.

Every year the NBCC presents awards for the finest books and reviews published in English. Click here for a list of current and past winners and finalists.

PEN/Faulkner Shortlist

A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore's acclaimed novel of the tensions of family and race, A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf), and Colson Whitehead's warm, funny, and supremely original new novel Sag Harbor (Doubleday), which follows 15-year old Benji Cooper through a summer spent in eastern Long Island, have both been shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner award.

In Brief
John Pipkin has won the Steven Turner Award for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of letters for his novel Woodsburner (Nan A. Talese), a powerfully rendered debut about an infamous moment in the life of Henry David Thoreau. The institute was founded in 1936 to recognize literary achievement and to promote interest in Texas literature.
Tracy Kidder, author of the National Book Award-winning Strength in What Remains and the course-adopted classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, is the inaugural Abe Rosenthal writer in residence at Harvard's Kennedy School this coming fall.
Yale historian Jonathan D. Spence, the world's foremost authority on Chinese civilization and the role of history in shaping modern China, will give the 2010 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. His books include The Question of Hu and Emperor of China.

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