National Book Critics Circle Award Events

A panel discussion and a reading before the awards ceremony. Here are the details. All open to the public.

NBCC Finalists in Conversation at The Graduate Center

March 08, 2011 7:00 pm
Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, CUNY Fifth Avenue
between 34th and 35th New York, NY

NBCC biography and autobiography finalists in conversation with biography chair Eric Banks and autobiography co chair Rigoberto Gonzalez. With biography finalists Sarah Bakewell and Yunte Huang, autobiography finalists Patti Smith, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, and others. Hosted by Brenda Wineapple.

National Book Critics Circle Awards: Finalists Reading, 6:00 PM
March 09, 2011 6:00 pm
The New School 66 West 12th St New York, NY

From Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors

The NBCC is posting a review of each nominated book for this year’s awards. It is a great way to get a sense of them all, and decide which ones you are going to buy and read. Today’s entry:

“The many avenues of Hiroshima in the Morning–explorations of history, of culture, of family, of self–ebb and flow to deliver a stunning portrait of survival. Rizzuto’s writing is lyrical and moving, transcendent and beautiful, yet it constructs a robust narrative that does not succumb to the gravity of the world events that inform it.

Above all, Rizzuto’s gorgeous and hard-won memoir is an exploration of story. How we shape it and how it shapes us, how it imprisons us though eventually, mercifully, it liberates us: “How we tell our stories makes all the difference. They are where we store our tears, where the eventual healing lies… What September 11 gave to the hibakushas, and what they gave in turn to me, is a way to re-enter memory.”

Read the entire article here.

More praise for Hiroshima in the Morning can be found here.

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Awe and gratitude. And a few tears. That is my response to the news that Hiroshima in the Morning was nominated as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The selection committee chose a shortlist of books that give me great hope, not just for books and writers, but for who we are and what we care about as human beings. Each book grapples with our most important subjects – death, war, friendship; each expands our universal experience by sharing it through a single, compassionate heart. They are thoughtful, provocative and necessary. Read them.