Winners include:

  • In poetry, Ross Gay, author of Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude, wins.
  • The super-reflexive National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism goes to Maggie Nelson for The Argonauts, which Cate McGehee reviewed for us a couple months ago.
  • The autobiography award goes to Margo Jefferson for Negroland.
  • The winner for biography is Charlotte Gordon, author of Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley.
  • Sam Quiñones's Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic won for non-fiction.
  • And Paul Beatty's excellent novel The Sellout won the fiction award. I reviewed The Sellout last year for Seattlish. It was obviously one of the best books of the year, a satire about race so sharp that it might cut off your fingers if you pick it up wrong.

This is a fine list of great books — perfect for the moment when you're standing in the bookstore wondering what you should read next.