Mar 7, 2012 — On Thursday evening, the National Book Critics Circle will announce the winners in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, criticism and poetry. Browse the five fiction finalists.
Jan 18, 2012 — Fiction master E.L. Doctorow returns with short stories, while novelist Cristina Garcia finds intrigue among "lady matadors," and Teju Cole looks afresh at post-Sept. 11 New York. In nonfiction, a mother learns self-acceptance through yoga and an economist explodes conventional wisdom about sports.
Dec 14, 2011 — 2011 was a terrific year for fiction — both from first-time novelists and much-decorated veterans. Maureen Corrigan's recommendations range from Karen Russell's dazzling debut, to David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel, to what may be the Sept. 11 novel.
Oct 12, 2011 — It's fall, and the mood has turned from silly to serious. In keeping with the buttoned-up season, author Martha Southgate lists her favorite books full of fastidious fellows. They might be fussy, but she knows deep down, they're a whole lot of fun.
Sep 2, 2011 — Little Bee — a tale of precarious friendship — spends an 80th week on the list.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Little Bee by Chris Cleave. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Open City by Teju Cole. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Feb 13, 2011 — Teju Cole's debut novel, Open City, follows Julius, a half-Nigerian and half-German doctor, as he wanders the streets of New York. Julius struggles to understand his identity as an immigrant, an experience the author himself is familiar with.
Dec 3, 2009 — Correspondent Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Daniel Goldin and Lucia Silva. Their selections include comics about philosophy, novels about building families, and a box set that dives into the process of writing.
Dec 3, 2009 — The story of a young Nigerian girl stranded in a British immigration center, Chris Cleave's novel is about rebuilding family from scratch.