The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Here is the complete list from Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors. Books compete in the areas of fiction, general nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism.
The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974 at the Algonquin, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization consisting of some 700 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns. It is managed by a 24-member all-volunteer board of directors.