The National Book Critics Circle presented its annual awards on March 3, in New York:
Fiction: "The Known World," by Edward Jones (Amistad).
Nonfiction: "Sons of Mississippi," by Paul Henderickson (Alfred A. Knopf).
Criticism: "River of Shadows," by Rebecca Solnit (Viking).
Poetry: "Columbarium," by Susan Stewart (University of Chicago).
Biography: "Khrushchev," by William Taubman (W.W. Norton).
For reviews of these books and all the finalists, see our website: www.csmonitor.com/books