Hilary Mantel wins again with “Wolf Hall”

The National Book Critics Circle tonight gave their 2009 fiction award to Wolf  Hall by Hilary Mantel.  The historical novel set in 1520s England about Thomas Cromwell won Britain’s coveted Booker Prize last fall.

I’m disappointed Bonnie Jo Campbell didn’t win for American Salvage (Wayne State University Press), but what great praise to have been a finalist not only for this award in fiction but also the 2009 National Book Award. As posted on TLC last November: “…American Salvage seemed to come out of nowhere. And so I discovered the work of a talented writer who can take readers into jobless, drug-addicted fictional lives with narrative intimacy and beauty without ignoring or simplifying the ugliness.”

Here are the National Book Critics Circle award winners in all the categories. 

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