By Stephan Lee
Updated March 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM EST

The winners of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last night in a ceremony at the New School in New York City. The award for Fiction went to Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which was No. 5 on EW’s list of best novels of 2012. See the full list of winners (in bold) and finalists below:


Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

Reyna Grande. The Distance Between Us

Maureen N. McLane. My Poets

Anthony Shadid. House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. In the House of the Interpreter


The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro

Lisa Cohen. All We Know: Three Lives.

Michael Gorra. Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

Lisa Jarnot. Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography

Tom Reiss. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Crown Publishers


Stranger Magic by Marina Warner

Paul Elie. Reinventing Bach

Daniel Mendelsohn. Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture

Mary Ruefle. Madness, Rack, and Honey

Kevin Young. The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Laurent Binet. HHhH. tr. by Sam Taylor

Adam Johnson. The Orphan Master’s Son

Lydia Millet, Magnificence

Zadie Smith. NW


Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

Katherine Boo. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Steve Coll. Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

Jim Holt. Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story

David Quammen. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic


Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell

David Ferry. Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

Lucia Perillo. On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths

Allan Peterson. Fragile Acts

A. E. Stallings. Olives

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