Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The National Book Critics Circle Awards and Us

The National Book Critics Circle Awards are remarkably relevant for the NYS Writers Institute this year.

Toni Morrison, who was in residency here at the time of the Institute's founding, will receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

Institute Writing Fellow Lynne Tillman is a finalist in the category of Criticism for her collection, What Would Lynne Tillman Do?

Ian S. MacNiven, who visited on Nov. 25, 2014, to present his new book Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions, and John Lahr, who visited Oct. 1, 2014 with his new book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, are both finalists for the award in Biography.

MacNiven receives his nomination for a book that escaped the radar of the mainstream media (but not us!).

Other finalists in various categories who have visited the Institute in recent years include Gary Shteyngart (Autobiography for Little Failure), Marilynne Robinson (Fiction for Lila), Chang-rae Lee (Fiction for On Such a Full Sea), and Elizabeth Kolbert (General Nonfiction for The Sixth Extinction).

Full list here:  http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/national-book-critics-circle-announces-award-finalists-1.9823168

Picture: Ian MacNiven