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Patchett, Chabon among nominees for book critics prizes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/17/2017 By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Ann Patchett, Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith are among this year's nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Books by Louise Erdrich and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky also were among 30 finalists in six competitive categories announced Tuesday by the 42-year-old organization.

Margaret Atwood, the Canadian author known for such novels as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Cat's Eye," will receive a lifetime achievement prize.

The critics circle bypassed Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," winner of the National Book Award and one of last year's most highly praised novels.

Winners will be announced March 16. The NBCC consists of around 1,000 critics, book review editors and supporting members.

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