The National Book Critics Circle Award

Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism.

1998 Winners & Finalists

Fiction Winner

  • Alice Munro, The Love of a Good Woman (Knopf)

Fiction Finalists

  • Michael Cunningham, The Hours (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • David Gates, Preston Falls (Knopf)
  • Lorrie Moore, Birds of America (Knopf)
  • Lynne Tillman, No Lease on Life (Harcourt)

General Nonfiction Winner

  • Philip Gourevich, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

General Nonfiction Finalists

  • Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost (Houghton)
  • Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (Belknap: Harvard)
  • Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (Norton)
  • Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (HarperCollins)

Biography/Autobiography Winner

  • Sylvia Nassar, A Beautiful Mind (Simon & Schuster)

Biography/Autobiography Finalists

  • Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (Random House)
  • Homer H. Hickman Jr., Rocket Boys: A Memoir (Delacorte)
  • David Remnick, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero (Random House)
  • Amanda Vaill, Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story (Houghton)

Poetry Winner

  • Marie Ponsot, The Bird Catcher (Knopf)

Poetry Finalists

  • Pamela White Hadas, Self-Evidence (Triquarterly, Northwestern)
  • Thylias Moss, Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler (Persea)
  • Ann Carson, The Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Knopf)
  • Yusef Komunyakaa, Thieves of Paradise (Wesleyan)

Criticism Winner

  • Gary Giddins, Visions of Jazz: The First Century (Oxford)

Criticism Finalists

  • Geoff Dyer, Out of Sheer Rage (North Point)
  • Nelson George, Hip Hop America (Viking)
  • Harold Bloom, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (Riverhead: Putnam)
  • Robert Pinsky, The Sounds of Poetry (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Nona Balakian Excellence in Reviewing Award Winner

  • Albert Mobilio