NEW YORK TIMES-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink were among the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards, named Thursday night March 13th, 2014 in New York City. The awards, given annually to books published in the United States in English, are chosen by a group of nearly 600 critics and editors from major publications that cover books.

Ms. Adichie’s novel, “Americanah” (Knopf), about a young woman who leaves Nigeria to pursue a college education in the United States, has been praised for its incisive discussion of race, immigration and social dynamics. Ms. Fink, who is a reporter for The New York Times, won for “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” (Crown), a nonfiction account of the catastrophe at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina.

The other winners were Amy Wilentz for “Farewell, Fred Voodoo” (Simon & Schuster), in autobiography; Leo Damrosch for “Jonathan Swift” (Yale University Press), in biography; Franco Moretti for “Distant Reading” (Verso), in criticism; and Frank Bidart for “Metaphysical Dog” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in poetry.

From the New York Times article Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink Win Book Awards

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