Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Amy Wilentz's 'Farewell, Fred Voodoo: a Letter from Haiti' among 2013 National Book Critics Award winners

The New York Times reports on the winners of the National Book Critics Circle awards. Among the winners is Amy Wilentz, who collected the top prize for Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, based on her years of reporting from Haiti.

A love story that examines modern attitudes about race, a chronicle of the days after Hurricane Katrina and a biography of Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift won National Book Critics Circle awards on Thursday.

The prizes presented at the New School in New York City honor books published in the United States in the past year and are selected by the group’s 24-member board of directors.

The prize for fiction went to “Americanah,” the third novel by Nigerian-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about childhood sweethearts who move to different countries.

American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink’s “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital”, was awarded the prize for nonfiction, and Leo Damrosch’s “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World” won for biography.

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