Maggie Nelson wins 2015 NBCC Award in Criticism

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On Thursday night March 17, Maggie Nelson was awarded the  2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism for The Argonauts.
 
 
This honor caps off nearly a year of overwhelming acclaim for the book. Earlier this month critic Michael Lindgren of The Washington Post  hailed The Argonauts as “an elegant, powerful, deeply discursive examination of gender, sexuality, queerness, pregnancy and motherhood, all conveyed in language that is intellectually potent and poetically expressive. Despite its strangeness, it shines with a generosity of spirit, an awareness that ‘any bodily experience can be made new and strange’ and ‘nothing we do in this life need have a lid crammed on it.’”
 
 
The Argonauts is Nelson’s ninth book, and next month, Graywolf will reissue The Red Parts, her nonfiction work first published in 2007 that is a memoir, an account of a trial, and a provocative essay on the American obsession with sexualized violence.
 
 
The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given to a single outstanding book in six categories (Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry). The prizes are awarded by the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, an organization that encompasses more than 700 book reviewers, critics, and literary enthusiasts around the country.
 
 
Congratulations to Maggie and to all the finalists for this year's NBCC Award in the criticism category—Ta-Nehisi Coates for Between the World and Me, Leo Damrosch for Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake, Colm Tóibín for On Elizabeth Bishop, and James Wood for The Nearest Thing to Life.