The National Book Critics Circle has posted a video (below) of the awards ceremony Thursday night in New York. Among the highlights:
42:15 Frank Bidart’s acceptance speech for this year’s poetry prize for “Metaphysical Dog.” The celebrated poet joked that every time he’s nominated for an award but doesn’t win, he saves his remarks and adds a paragraph the next time. “So this has gotten very long.” Not really, but it’s very smart and very gracious.
19:00 Katherine Powers’s acceptance speech for the annual award for best book criticism by an NBCC member. The Boston-based writer gave a wonderfully clear, fair and efficient description of what a book review should do — and avoid.
1:06 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s sheer delight at winning the fiction prize for “Americanah.”
(Video credit Kevin Kino)