Party Photos: The 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations Ceremony
At Housing Works Used Book Cafe, January 22, 2005Posted January 28, 2005
The natural habitat of writers may be cozy dens, but last weekend's first-ever National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations Ceremony drew writers and editors alike into the blizzardy night and towards Soho's Housing Works Used Book Cafe.
While reporters from Publishers Weekly, the New York Observer, and New York magazine criss-crossed the room holding pens and notepads, other guests carried plastic cups of wine while checking out the late arrivals. A debut writer with a fall release date introduced himself to the editor of PW's "Forthcoming Titles" section. Nathalie Chicha, editor of mb's own book-industry weblog GalleyCat.com (and the evening's co-host), chatted with 1983 NBCC winner Joyce Johnson, who later introduced the Autobiography/Biography category's nominees.
Another 1999 NBCC winner, Jonathan Lethem, introduced the fiction nominees, whichin a move likely to please the many critics of the National Book Awardsincluded Philip Roth's much-touted The Plot Against America, as well as Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. But the crowd favorite, judging by applause, was Bob Dylan's Chronicles Vol. 1, nominated for best Biography/Autobiography and up against that other New York Times bestseller, Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.
The winners will be announced March 18, in New York City.
Photographs by Christian Woods.
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