Marilynne Robinson won the National Book Critics Circle Award on Thursday for her novel “Lila,” the final book in her trilogy set in the fictional Gilead, Iowa.
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David Brion Davis won the nonfiction award for “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,” the third volume of his trilogy and the culmination of nearly 50 years of research.
Claudia Rankine won the poetry award for “Citizen: An American Lyric,” a meditation on race in America that weaves together poetry, sports and pop culture references and cultural criticism. (Ms. Rankine was nominated in two categories: poetry and criticism.) The criticism award went to “The Essential Ellen Willis,” a collection of work by the rock critic Ellen Willis. John Lahr won the biography prize for “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.”