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The National Book Critics Circle
(NBCC) is an American
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tax-exempt organization for active book review
A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit. A book review could be a primary source opinion piece, summary review or scholarly review. It is often carried out in periodicals, as school work, or on the internet. Reviews are also often...
ers. Its flagship is the National Book Critics Circle Award
The National Book Critics Circle Award is an annual award given by the National Book Critics Circle to promote the finest books and reviews published in English....
The NBCC was founded in New York City
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in 1974. Each year in March the National Book Critics Circle Awards issues awards to books in six categories: fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, criticism, and poetry. Along with the "best" book awards, each year the NBCC votes for "the most accomplished reviewer," from within the membership, with the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and "an individual's exceptional contributions to books" with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.