We love when writers and critics get along! Last night, at a NYC ceremony packed with writers, literary critics and other publishing folk, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the winners of their 2012 book awards.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben FountainAmong the distinguished recipients is Ben Fountain, with whom we were thrilled to share a table at last year's Author in the Round dinner, part of the Southern Festival of Books. Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walkone of our Best Books of 2012—won in the fiction category. 

Here's a complete list of the winners:

Ben FountainBilly Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco)

Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner)

Robert A. CaroThe Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Alfred A. Knopf)

Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press)

D. A. Powell, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf Press)

Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (Belknap Press: Harvard University Press)

What do you think of the winners? How many of them have you read, and which ones will you be adding to your list of books to read?

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