McEwan wins book award

February 27, 2003

ATLANTA - Britain's Ian McEwan has won the National Book Critics Circle award for Fiction for his novel Atonement, and Janet Browne won top honors for biography/autobiography for her book Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, Vol. II.

The awards were announced yesterday afternoon and presented at a ceremony later in the evening at New School University in New York City.

Other winners included Samantha Power, general nonfiction, for A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide; B.H. Fairchild, poetry, for Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest; and William Gass, criticism, for his essay collection Tests of Time.

Also at yesterday's ceremonies, Richard Howard, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who has translated more than 150 books, received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the critics circle. Maureen N. McLane, a junior fellow in English literature at Harvard's Society of Fellows, received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. (The late Sandrof, a writer and editor in Massachusetts, was founder of the NBCC; the late Balakian, a Turkish-born writer, worked on the staff of The New York Times Book Review for 43 years.)

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