NEW YORK — The National Book Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 2015 book awards in a ceremony Thursday night at the New School.
Three of the awards given at the ceremony were announced in January. The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to novelist, poet and essayist Wendell Berry by actor Nick Offerman. Berry is an influential writer on the human relationship to the environment.
The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing went to nonfiction book reviewer Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post. Kirstin Valdez Quade received the John Leonard Prize for a first book for her story collection Night at the Fiestas.
The NBCC awards are the only major book awards that are selected by book critics. The organization has more than 700 members.
On Thursday, the board of the NBCC selected the following recipients for book awards in six categories.
Autobiography: Margo Jefferson, Negroland: A Memoir, a subtle and complex investigation of race and class.
Biography: Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, a dual biography of the mother-daughter authors of A Vindications of the Rights of Woman and Frankenstein.
Criticism: Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, a genre-bending memoir about identity, gender, pregnancy and art.
Fiction: Paul Beatty, The Sellout, a scorching and hilarious satire about a black man who becomes a slave owner in contemporary California.
Nonfiction: Sam Quinones, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, a gripping and deeply reported account of today's unprecedented wave of addiction.
Poetry: Ross Gay, Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude, a fresh, exuberant and moving collection about memory, surprise and more.