The Chilean authorRoberto Bolañoposthumously won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for “2666,” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) a sprawling novel set in Santa Teresa, Mexico, that was published in translation in 2008.Dexter Filkins, a reporter for The New York Times, won the general nonfiction award for “The Forever War” (Alfred A. Knopf). The award for autobiography went to Ariel Sabar for “My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq” (Algonquin) and the prize for biography went to Patrick French for “The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul” (Knopf).
The critics circle gave a dual prize for poetry to August Kleinzahler for “Sleeping It Off in Rapid City” (Farrar, Straus), and Juan Felipe Herrera for “Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems” (University of Arizona Press).
In criticism, Seth Lerer won the prize for “Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter” (University of Chicago Press).