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.

2001 Winners & Finalists

Fiction Winner

  • W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz (Random House)

Fiction Finalists

  • Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Alice Munro, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories (Knopf)
  • Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (HarperCollins)
  • Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days (Doubleday)

General Nonfiction Winner

  • Nicholson Baker, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (Random House)

General Nonfiction Finalists

  • Nina Bernstein, The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care (Pantheon)
  • Jan T. Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland (Princeton University)
  • Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Random House)
  • Sam Roberts, The Brother: The Untold Story of Atomic Spy David Greenglass and How He Sent His Sister, Ethel Rosenberg, to the Electric Chair (Random House)

Biography/Autobiography Winner

  • Adam Sisman, Boswell’s Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Biography/Autobiography Finalists

  • Paula Fox, Borrowed Finery: A Memoir (Holt)
  • David Hajdu, Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Katherine Clark, Milking the Moon: A Southerner’s Story of Life on This Planet (Crown)
  • Barry Werth, The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

Poetry Winner

  • Albert Goldbarth, Saving Lives (Ohio Statue University)

Poetry Finalists

  • Louise Gluck, The Seven Ages (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • Bob Hicok, Animal Soul (Invisible Cities)
  • Jane Hirshfield, Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins)
  • Czeslaw Milosz, A Treatise on Poetry (Ecco/HarperCollins)

Criticism Winner

  • Martin Amis, The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews, 1971-2000 (Talk Miramax)

Criticism Finalists

  • H.J. Jackson, Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books (Yale University)
  • W.D. Snodgrass, De/Compositions: 101 Good Poems Gone Wrong (Graywolf)
  • Rebecca Solnit, As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art (University of Georgia)
  • Joy Williams, Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals (Lyons)

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing Winner

  • Michael Gorra

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Jason Epstein