The National Books Critics Circle announced its 2008 awards earlier this week, drawing from the finalists listed back in January. Winners were:
- Nonfiction: Dexter Filkins, The Forever War.
- Biography: Patrick French, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul.
- Autobiography: Ariel Sabar, My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq.
- Criticism: Seth Lerer, Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter.
- Fiction: Roberto Bolaño, 2666.
- Poetry (two awards, a first): August Kleinzahler, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City and Juan Felipe Herrera, Half the World in Light.
And on Tuesday, the New-York Historical Society announced that Drew Gilpin Faust's This Republic of Suffering won its fourth annual American History Book Prize.