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Ngugi wa Thiong’o's In the House of the Interpreter Shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards

In the House of the InterpreterAlert! Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s In the House of the Interpreter has been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Awards in the autobiography category. The book is a follow-up to his first memoir, Dreams in a Time of War. You can read an extract from In the House of the Interpreter here.

The shortlist (for autobiographies) also includes Leanne Shapton’s Swimming Studies. In the non-fiction category, the much-lauded Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo is shortlisted, and Zadie Smith’s NW is among those titles shortlisted in the fiction category.

The National Book Critics Circle awards shortlist for 2012 has been announced, and there are few surprises in the names featured.

The awards are nominated by its members, who are book critics from around the country. 30 books are finalists, in six categories. Also, two citations are named by the NBCC board, for excellence in book revieweing and a lifetime achievement award. This year, the former was awarded to William Deresiewicz, contributing writer for The Nation, The New Republic and The American Scholar, and the latter to Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar “for their pioneering work in feminist thought, which revolutionized criticism.”

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