Readers at the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Awards


On Wednesday, March 5th, at New School’s Tishman Auditorium, at 66 West 12th Street, the National Book Critics Circle will host a reading for our 2007 book prize finalists. The event starts at 6PM. It’s a tremendous list of readers: here’s who will be there.


Anna Politkovskaya, A Russian Diary: A Journalist’s Final Account of Life, Corruption and Death in Putin’s Russia (Random House), reading by Lynn Povich
Joshua Clark, Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone (Free Press)
Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying (Knopf)
Joyce Carol Oates, The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973–1982 (Ecco Press), reading by Lawrence Joseph
Sara Paretsky, Writing in an Age of Silence (Verso), reading by Margaret Heilbrun

Tim Jeal, Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer (Yale University Press)

Joan Acocella, Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays (Pantheon)
Julia Alvarez, Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA (Viking), reading by Maria Hinojosa
Ben Ratliff, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Mary Jo Bang, Elegy: Poems (Graywolf Press)
Matthea Harvey, Modern Life (Graywolf Press)
Tadeusz Różewicz, New Poems, trans. by Bill Johnston (Archipelago Books), reading by Bill Johnston

General Nonfiction
Philip Gura, American Transcendentalism: A History (Hill & Wang)
Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (Doubleday)
Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)
Alan Weisman, The World Without Us (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s)
Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848 (Oxford University Press)

Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games (HarperCollins)
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books)
Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men (Dial Press)
Joyce Carol Oates, The Gravedigger’s Daughter (Ecco Press), reading by Lawrence Joseph
Marianne Wiggins, The Shadow Catcher (Simon & Schuster)