Finalists for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle award in six categories were announced January 21st in New York. Finalists included Teju Cole for Open City in the Fiction category, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts for Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America in the Non-Fiction category, Manning Marable for Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention in the Biography category, and Yusef Komunyakaa for The Chameleon Couch in the Poetry category. The only one of these I have not read is the biography of Malcolm X which I plan to read this year. Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York.
Visit the NBCC website for a full listing of finalists.