On January 24, the National Book Critics Circle held its first ever virtual awards ceremony, honoring the 2019 award winners. Directly after the ceremony, committee chairs announced the finalists for publishing year 2020.
The event was produced by Wildbound Live. Stream it now via Crowdcast.
Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program.
Produced by Wildbound and Jane Ciabattari
Filming by David Varno, Kate Belew, Megan Labrise
Additional graphics by Shannon McKenna
With support from
Amazon Literary Partnership 2020 grant
With collaboration from
Luis Jaramillo and Lori Lynn Turner, The New School Creative Writing Program
Cherilyn Parsons and Scott Gelfand, Bay Area Book Festival
Karen Long, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Steve Wasserman, Heyday Books
With special thanks to Fantastic Negrito, two-time Grammy award winner, for permission to use “I’m So Happy I Cry” from his 2020 Grammy-nominated album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet.
Credits: “I’m So Happy I Cry” (Featuring Tarriona “Tank” Ball from Tank & The Bangas)
Music and Lyrics written by Fantastic Negrito – verse written by Tank. Songwriter and Producer,Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals and Background Vocals (with Tarriona “Tank” Ball), Percussion, Xavier Dphrepaulezz. Lead guitar Masa Kohama. Bass guitar, Cornelius Mims. Hammond B3 organ, Lionel Holoman Jr.Recorded at Blackball Universe.
Photo credits: Marisol Diaz, John Midgley, Beowulf Sheehan