The 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

By Michael Schaub

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards!

Criticism: Nicole R. Fleetwood, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard Univ. Press)

Poetry: francine j. harris, Here Is the Sweet Hand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Autobiography: Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World)

Fiction: Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf)

Biography: Amy Stanley, Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World (Scribner)

Nonfiction: Tom Zoellner, Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire (Harvard Univ. Press)

The John Leonard Prize: Raven Leilani, Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: The Feminist Press

The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Jo Livingstone