NBCC Announces 2023 Awards Finalists

By Katerina Rettino | February 8 2024 | General

On January 25, the National Book Critics Circle announced that nine Penguin Random House titles were finalists for its 2023 awards.

Additionally, Penguin Random House author Judy Blume has received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. “Blume… has inspired generations of young readers by tackling the emotional turbulence of girlhood and adolescence with authenticity, candor and courage,” said NBCC award chair Jacob M. Appel. “[She is] a relentless opponent of censorship and an iconic champion of literary freedom.”

Across autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry, the NBCC honors the best books from the previous publishing year. The awards will be presented on March 21, 2024.

Congratulations to our finalists!

Winnie and Nelson
978-0-525-65685-2

 

2023 NBCC Awards Finalist – Biography

 

A deeply researched, shattering new account of Nelson Mandela’s relationship with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela that “does justice both to the couple’s political heroism and to the betrayals and the secrets that hounded their union” (The New Yorker).

$35.00 US
May 02, 2023
Hardcover
576 Pages
Knopf
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Tremor
978-0-8129-9711-8

 

2023 NBCC Awards Finalist – Fiction

 

A startling work of realism and invention that engages brilliantly with literature, music, race, and history as it examines the passage of time and how we mark it. As he did in his magnificent debut Open City, Teju Cole once again offers narration with all its senses alert, a surprising and deeply essential work from a beacon of contemporary literature.

$28.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
Hardcover
256 Pages
Random House
US,CAN,OpnMkt(no EU)

Vengeance Is Mine
978-0-593-53424-3

 

2023 NBCC Awards Finalist – Fiction

 

A thrilling novel about a triple homicide that dredges up unsettling memories from a lawyer’s childhood. Vengeance Is Mine is a dreamlike portrait of a woman afflicted by failing memories and a tortured uncertainty about her own past that threatens to become her undoing.

$28.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
Hardcover
240 Pages
Knopf
US,CAN,OpnMkt(no EU)

Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs
978-0-525-65549-7

 

2023 NBCC Awards Finalist – Nonfiction

 

A wild, humane, and hilarious meditation on post-privacy America—from the acclaimed author of Thrown. A soap opera set in the deep state, Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs is a free fall into a world where everything is recorded and nothing is sacred, from a singular writer unafraid to ask essential questions about the strangeness of modern life.

$28.00 US
Mar 21, 2023
Hardcover
256 Pages
Knopf
World

Information Desk
978-0-14-313680-4

 

2023 NBCC Awards Finalist – Nonfiction

 

Robyn Schiff’s fourth collection is an ambitious book-length poem in three parts set at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s information desk, where Schiff long ago held a staff position. “An effluvial rush of memory, desire, data, and metaphor . . . It’s bracing to encounter a mind so voracious, so unapologetic in its intelligence.” —New York Review of Books.

$20.00 US
Aug 15, 2023
Paperback
144 Pages
Penguin Books
World

Waiting to Be Arrested at Night
978-0-593-49179-9

 

2023 NBCC Awards Finalist – John Leonard Prize

 

The story of the political, social, and cultural destruction of Tahir Hamut Izgil’s homeland. Among leading Uyghur intellectuals and writers, he is the only one known to have escaped China since the mass internments began. His book is a call for the world to awaken to the unfolding catastrophe, and a tribute to his friends and fellow Uyghurs whose voices have been silenced.

$28.00 US
Aug 01, 2023
Hardcover
272 Pages
Penguin Press
US, Canada, Open Mkt

When Crack Was King
978-0-525-51180-9

 

2023 NBCC Awards Finalist – John Leonard Prize

 

A “vivid and frank” (NPR) account of the crack cocaine era and a community’s ultimate resilience, told through a cast of characters whose lives illuminate the dramatic rise and fall of the epidemic. Weaving together riveting research with the voices of survivors, When Crack Was King is a crucial reevaluation of the era and a powerful argument for providing historically violated communities with the resources they deserve.

$30.00 US
Jul 11, 2023
Hardcover
448 Pages
One World
US, Canada, Open Mkt