Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards 2017

“The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. For 82 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds.”

Watch the live stream of the 2017 awards ceremony on September 7 (6 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. Central).

2017 Winners

National Book Critics Circle Awards

nbcc_logo_sq_bigger The winners of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards for publishing year 2012 were announced in Boston on  February 28.  They include:

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco)

Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner)

Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press)

Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol. 4 (Alfred A. Knopf)

D. A. Powell, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf Press)

Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (Belknap Press: Harvard University Press)

If you’re looking for something good to read, check out this list of all past winners and finalists.

The National Book Critics Circle was founded in 1974 and honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. It encourages and raises the quality of book criticism in all media and creates a way for critics to communicate with one another about their professional concerns.


10 Best Books of 2012 – New York Times Book Review

The editors of The New York Times Book Review have chosen these books as the 10 Best Books of 2012:



Good reading!

New York Times Book Review – 10 Best Books of the Year

From  the editors of The New York Times Book Review (Dec. 11, 2011, p. 12), the 10 Best Books of the Year are:


  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht


The editors said: “All 10 books … are triumphs of replenishment and so fulfill the mysterious function special to the best writing in every age and at any moment, even one as pinched as our own …”

Good reading!

Best Books of 2010

It’s that time of year … the time for making lists.  

 Here, from the folks at the New York Times Book Review, are the 10 Best Books of 2010:


  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (PS 3556 .R352 F74 2010)
  • The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Selected Stories by William Trevor
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


  • Apollo’s Angels: a History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans (on order)
  • Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff (DT 92.7 .S35 2010)
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (RC 275 .M85 2010)
  • Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim (on order)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (E 185.6 .W685 2010)

What do you think of these choices?  Any others you would add to the list?  Remove from the list?

We have several of these “10 Best Books of 2010” in the BSC Library collection.  Check them out!

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2010 — with a BSC Connection!

Library Journal has selected a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles for its Best Books of 2010 list. 

LJ’s Book Review Editor Heather McCormack, BSC alum and daughter of faculty member Mike McCormack, had this to say about the list:  “My colleagues and I aimed to identify the very best books. But I’m pleased that our final list offers a mix of both the usual suspects and dark horse contenders. Our top ten serves the dual purpose of recognizing deservedly celebrated marquee names as well as showcasing rising talents who may have gone unnoticed because of the sheer volume of books published.”

Library Journal Best Books of 2010 (Call number included for titles available at BSC Library)

  • American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen
  • By Nightfall by Michael Cunning ham (PS 3553 .Ur84 B9 2010)
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (PS 3556 .R352 F74 2010)
  • How to Live, Or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell (PQ 1643 .B34 2010b)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (RC 265.6 .L24 S55 2009)
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • The Tiger by John Vaillant (SK 305 .T5 V35 2010)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (E185.6 .W685 2010)
  • Walker Evans Decade by Decade [text] by James Crump

The full list, accompanied by approximately 20 notable titles and bests in genre fiction, how-to, and other genres (e.g., poetry, graphic novels, and memoir), will be published in the Nov. 18, 2010, installment of BookSmack!, LJ‘s twice-monthly e-newsletter, and in the December print issue.