National Book Critics Circle Cancels Awards Events for March 2020


New York, 3/9/2020 — Due to the volatile nature of the current health crisis, the National Book Critics Circle has cancelled its Finalists Reading on Wednesday, March 11 and its Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 12th, normally held at the New School in New York City. The board will deliberate on March 12th and will announce the results via press release and social media, as well as with individual emails to finalists and winners. The annual gala benefit and reception will be rescheduled for September 12, 2020 at The New School, and the winners of all awards will be celebrated at that time.

“We are all crushed,” said NBCC President Laurie Hertzel. “We did not make this decision lightly. We discussed it as a board for days and with the New School at length, but this was really the only possible decision. We are looking forward to celebrating our winners at the rescheduled gala this fall.”

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