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.

2000 Winners & Finalists

Fiction Winner

  • Jim Crace, Being Dead (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Fiction Finalists

  • Amy Bloom, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (Random House)
  • Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Random House)
  • David Means, Assorted Fire Events: Stories (Context Books)
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth (Random House)

General Nonfiction Winner

  • Ted Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (Random House)

General Nonfiction Finalists

  • Fred Anderson, Crucible of War (Knopf)
  • Frances Fitzgerald, Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War (Simon & Schuster)
  • Laurie Garrett, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health (Hyperion)
  • Alice Kaplan, The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (Univ. of Chicago)

Biography/Autobiography Winner

  • Herbert P. Bix, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan (HarperCollins)

Biography/Autobiography Finalists

  • Robin Marantz Henig, The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Victor Kemplerer, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1942-1945 (Random House)
  • David Nasaw, The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Jean-Yves Tadie, Marcel Proust: A Life (Viking)

Poetry Winner

  • Judy Jordan, Carolina Ghost Woods (LSU)

Poetry Finalists

  • Michael Collier, The Ledge (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Anne Carson, Men in the Off Hours (Knopf)
  • Yusef Komunyakaa, Talking Dirty to the Gods (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Davis McCombs, Ultima Thule (Yale)

Criticism Winner

  • Cynthia Ozick, Quarrel & Quandary (Knopf)

Criticism Finalists

  • Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to Present (HarperCollins)
  • Claudia Roth Pierpont, Passionate Minds (Knopf)
  • Charles Rosen, Critical Entertainments: Music Old and New (Harvard Univ. Press)
  • Sherod Santos, A Poetry of Two Minds (University of Georgia Press)

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing Winner

  • Daniel Mendelsohn

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Barney Rosset