Edith Pearlman, other local writers are finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced its finalists for the 2011 award and among them are Brookline resident and fiction writer Edith Pearlman and a slew of those connected with Harvard University.

Edith Pearlman

Edith Pearlman

Edith Pearlman, lately the author of short story collection Binocular Vision, joined Marriage Plot author Jeffrey Eugenides and three other writers in being nominated for the prize for fiction published in 2011. According to her website, Binocular Vision has already won the 2011 Wallant Award and was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award, and Pearlman last month the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award.

Maya Jasanoff is professor of British history at Harvard and was nominated in the nonfiction category for Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary WarAdam Hochschild, a 1963 Harvard grad, was also nominated in nonfiction for To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.

In autobiography, Mira Bartók of Athol, Mass., was nominated for The Memory Palace, a memoir about the complex meaning of love, truth, and the capacity for forgiveness among family. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, who wrote Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, was a Fulbright Scholar and a 2000 graduate of Harvard.

Ezra F. Vogel, in writing Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, has become a finalist in the biography category. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Social Relations in 1958 from Harvard.

Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York.

More details on who else won in these and other categories.

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