Announcing the Winners of the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Awards

By Michael Schaub

Congratulations to the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards for publishing year 2021!

Autobiography: Jeremy Atherton Lin, Gay Bar: Why We Went Out (Little, Brown)

Biography: Rebecca Donner, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler (Little, Brown)

Criticism: Melissa Febos, Girlhood (Bloomsbury)

Fiction: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (Harper)

Nonfiction: Clint Smith, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America (Little, Brown)

Poetry: Diane Seuss, frank: sonnets (Graywolf)

John Leonard Prize: Anthony Veasna So, Afterparties (Ecco)

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Merve Emre

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Percival Everett

Toni Morrison Achievement Award: Cave Canem Foundation