Gwynne, Wiman named finalists for book awards

Austin author S.C. Gwynne
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Austin author S.C. Gwynne

Austin author S.C. Gwynne

Austin’s S.C. “Sam” Gwynne, author of the best-selling “Empire of the Summer Moon,” has been named a finalist by the National Book Critics Circle for his Stonewall Jackson biography, “Rebel Yell.”

Christian Wiman, who grew up in West Texas, is a poetry finalist for “Once in the West.”

The 30 finalists were announced Tuesday, and will be given for the best autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction and poetry of 2014.

Winners will be announced on March 12 in New York. The awards are nominated and chosen by the group’s board of 24 critics and book review editors.

Three special awards will also be given: Toni Morrison will receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award; Phil Klay’s story collection “Redeployment” (Penguin Press) will get the John Leonard Prize for a best first book in any genre. (Klay also won the National Book Award). And the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing will go to Alexandra Schwartz, an assistant editor at The New Yorker.

Here’s a list of the finalists.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Blake Bailey, “The Splendid Things We Planned” (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Roz Chast, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” (Bloomsbury)

Lacy M. Johnson, “The Other Side” (Tin House)

Gary Shteyngart, “Little Failure” (Random House)

Meline Toumani, “There Was and There Was Not” (Metropolitan Books)

BIOGRAPHY

Ezra Greenspan, “William Wells Brown: An African American Life” (W.W. Norton & Co.)

S.C. Gwynne, “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson” (Scribner)

John Lahr, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Ian S. MacNiven, “Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Miriam Pawel, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” (Bloomsbury)

CRITICISM

Eula Biss, “On Immunity: An Inoculation” (Graywolf Press)

Vikram Chandra, “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty” (Graywolf Press)

Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf Press)

Lynne Tillman, “What Would Lynne Tillman Do?” (Red Lemonade)

Ellen Willis, “The Essential Ellen Willis,” edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz (University of Minnesota Press)

FICTION

Rabih Alameddine, “An Unnecessary Woman” (Grove Press)

Marlon James, “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (Riverhead Books)

Lily King, “Euphoria” (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Chang-rae Lee, “On Such a Full Sea” (Riverhead Books)

Marilynne Robinson, “Lila” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

GENERAL NONFICTION

David Brion Davis, “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation” (Alfred A. Knopf)

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee, “The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book” (Pantheon)

Elizabeth Kolbert, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” (Henry Holt & Co.)

Thomas Piketty, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)

Hector Tobar, “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

POETRY

Saeed Jones, “Prelude to Bruise” (Coffee House Press)

Willie Perdomo, “The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon” (Penguin Books)

Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf Press)

Christian Wiman, “Once in the West” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Jake Adam York, “Abide” (Southern Illinois University Press)


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