Jonathan Franzen signing books last fall at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis. Staff photo by Joel Koyama

Jonathan Franzen signing books last fall at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis. Staff photo by Joel Koyama

There were lots of big names and big New York publishers among the finalists of the National Book Critics Circle Award, announced earlier this week in New York. Just one local publisher—Graywolf Press of Minneapolis—and no local authors this year. (Last year St. Paul writer Marlon James was a finalist for “The Book of Night Women.”)
There was some overlap with other big awards—Patti Smith’s memoir, “Just Kids,” which won a National Book Award was a finalist, as was "Lighthead" by Terrance Hayes, which won the National Book Award in poetry. But not in fiction: The NBA and NBCC lists are entirely different. (Though the NBCC short list does include "Skippy Dies," which was longlisted for the Booker.)
And Jonathan Franzen, snubbed by the National Book Awards, is on the list.
Click on selected titles to read the Star Tribune review:
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad, Knopf
Jonathan Franzen.Freedom. Farrar, Straus And Giroux.
David Grossman, To The End Of The Land. Translated by Jessica Cohen. Knopf.
Hans Keilson.Comedy In A Minor Key. Translated by Damion Searls. Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Paul Murray. Skippy Dies. Faber & Faber.
Sarah Bakewell. How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne. Other Press
Yunte Huang. Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous With American History. Norton.
Thomas Powers. The Killing Of Crazy Horse. Knopf.
Tom Segev. Simon Wiesenthal: The Lives And Legends. Translated by Ronnie Hope. Doubleday
Kai Bird, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978, Scribner
David Dow, The Autobiography of an Execution, Twelve
Christopher Hitchens Hitch-22: A Memoir, Twelve    
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Hiroshima in the Morning, Feminist Press
Patti Smith, Just Kids, Ecco
Darin Strauss, Half a Life, McSweeney’s

Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings. Harper
Clare Cavanagh. Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West. Yale University Press.
Susie Linfield. The Cruel Radiance. University of Chicago Press.

Ander Monson. Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir. Graywolf
Barbara Demick. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. Spiegel & Grau

S.C. Gwynne. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American, Scribner
Jennifer Homans. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet. Random
Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Scribner
Anne Carson. Nox. New Directions

Kathleen Graber. The Eternal City. Princeton University Press
Terrance Hayes. Lighthead. Penguin Poets

Kay Ryan. The Best of It. Grove

C.D. Wright. One with Others: [a little book of her days]. Copper Canyon       
The winners will be announced March 10. The NBCC award does not carry a cash prize.                               

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