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National Book Critics Circle nominees announced

The list of nominees for the prestigious American award includes Joan Didion and Vikram Seth.

books Updated: Jan 16, 2006 19:28 IST

Joan Didion, winner of the National Book Award for her memoir

The Year of Magical Thinking

, William T. Vollmann, the fiction winner for

Europe Central

, and Vikram Seth's

Two Lives

, were among the finalists announced for the National Book Critics Circle awards.

John Updike, a two-time NBCC winner for fiction, was a nominee in the criticism category. Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's best-known novelist and currently on trial for criticisms of his native country, is a memoir finalist for Istanbul.

The awards are announced on 3rd March; there are no cash prizes.

Three of the fiction nominees were also nominated for the National Book Awards: Vollmann, E.L. Doctorow's The March and Mary Gaitskill's Veronica. Two British releases also were nominated: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and Andrea Levy's Small Island, which has already won the Orange Prize and the Whitbread award.

Besides Didion and Pamuk, memoir nominees were Vikram Seth's Two Lives, Francine du Plessix Gray's Them, Judith Moore's Fat Girl. Pamuk faces up to three years in prison in Turkey for remarks made during an interview about two of his country's most sensitive issues: the mass slaughter of Armenians during World War I and the recent struggles with the Kurds.

Among the bypassed books areZadie Smith's On Beauty, Ian McEwan's Saturday and John Banville's The Sea, winner of the Man Booker Prize.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 19:28 IST