Graywolf Press author Geoff Dyer wins National Book Critics Award

The critics love Graywolf Press.

Last night the Twin Cities publishing house was awarded its third National Book Critics Circle Award, for Geoff Dyer’s Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews.


Fiona McCrae, director and publisher at Graywolf Press, said of the book: “Geoff Dyer’s critical essays are in a class of their own. He really owns this form, and he runs–flies–with it.”

Geoff Dyer lives and writes in London; Graywolf is his publisher in the United States.

“Ever since I began writing I hoped to be published in America, and once I started getting published it was recognition in America that I longed for” said Dyer. “Being shortlisted for an NBCC prize a few years ago was a huge thrill; to actually be awarded it this time is a great honor.”


Geoff Dyer

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition collects twenty-five years of essays, reviews, and misadventures, and has received wide acclaim for defying genres and infusing criticism with humor.

This is the second time that a Graywolf author has won the NBCC Award for criticism. Eula Biss won for Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays in 2010. In 2008, Graywolf poet Mary Jo Bang won the NBCC Award for her collection of poetry, Elegy.

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