The National Book Critics Circle has announced finalists for its annual awards, and the finalists include books published by Minneapolis presses Milkweed Editions, Graywolf Press, and Coffee House Press. Biographer T.J. Stiles, born and educated in Minnesota, is a finalist for his book, “Custer’s Trials.”
The winners of three other awards also were announced.
Wendell Berry received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement award. Berry, 81, is an environmentalist, pacifics and farmer and the author of novels, short story collections, poetry and nonfiction.
The John Leonard Prize for debut fiction went to “Night at the Fiestas” (W.W. Norton) by Kirstin Valdez Quade.
And the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing went to Carlos Lozada, a critic at the Washington Post.
Here are the finalists for the NBCC Award with links to Star Tribune reviews, when available.
Elizabeth Alexander, "The Light of the World" (Grand Central Publishing)
Vivian Gornick, "The Odd Woman and the City" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
George Hodgman, "Bettyville" (Viking)
Margo Jefferson, "Negroland" (Pantheon)
Helen Macdonald, "H Is for Hawk" (Grove Press)
Terry Alford, "Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth" (Oxford University Press)
Charlotte Gordon, "Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley" (Random House)
T.J. Stiles, "Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Rosemary Sullivan, "Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva" (Harper)
Karin Wieland and Shelly Frisch, "Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives" (Liveright)
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Between the World and Me" (Spiegel & Grau)
Leo Damrosch, "Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake" (Yale University Press)
Maggie Nelson, "The Argonauts" (Graywolf)
Colm Tóibín, "On Elizabeth Bishop" (Princeton University Press)
James Wood, "The Nearest Thing to Life" (Brandeis University Press)
Paul Beatty, "The Sellout" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Lauren Groff, "Fates and Furies" (Riverhead)
Valeria Luiselli, "The Story of My Teeth" (Coffee House Press)
Anthony Marra, "The Tsar of Love and Techno" (Hogarth)
Ottessa Moshfegh, "Eileen" (Penguin Press)
Mary Beard, "SPQR: A History of Rome" (Liveright)
Ari Berman, "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Jill Leovy, "Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America" (Spiegel & Grau)
Sam Quinones, "Dreamland: The True Story of America's Opiate Epidemic" (Bloomsbury)
Brian Seibert, "What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Ross Gay, "Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude" (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Terrance Hayes, "How to Be Drawn" (Penguin)
Ada Limón, "Bright Dead Things" (Milkweed Editions)
Sinéad Morrissey, "Parallax and Selected Poems" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Frank Stanford, "What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford" (Copper Canyon Press)
The awards will be presented on March 17 at the New School in New York City.