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Layli Long Soldier Wins NBCC Award for WHEREAS

By Harriet Staff
Layli Long Soldier, Whereas, cover

Over at the Los Angeles Times, Carolyn Kellogg reports on the National Book Critics Circle Awards, which took place in Manhattan last night. Layli Long Soldier won the NBCC poetry prize for her Graywolf collection, WHEREAS. But another key story from last night's ceremony is that "Women swept the National Book Critics Circle awards," as Kellogg explains. "Women prevailed in all of the six competitive categories." From there: 

Joan Silber took the fiction prize for her novel "Improvement," published by independent press Counterpoint. The story of a single mother in Harlem who becomes involved in criminal schemes with her ex-boyfriend, "Improvement" is about human connection and how we are changed over time.

The nonfiction prize went to Frances FitzGerald for her book "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America," a sweeping history of the Evangelical movement from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.

Layli Long Soldier won the poetry prize for her acclaimed collection "Whereas."

The autobiography prize went to Xiaolu Guo for her book "Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China."

The prize in criticism went to Carina Chocano for her essay collection "You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages."

The prize in biography went to Caroline Fraser for her book "Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder," which tapped archival research to draw a fuller portrait of the author of the "Little House on the Prairie" books.

Learn more at the Los Angeles Times