Philip Roth's "The Counterlife" has won National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, the NBCC announced on Jan. 11. Winners in the 500-member organization's other book award categories are: in general nonfiction, Richard Rhodes for "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" (Simon & Schuster); in biography, the late Donald R. Howard for "Chaucer: His Life, His Work, His World" (William Abrahams/ E. P. Dutton); in poetry, C. K. Williams for "Flesh and Blood" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux); in criticism, Edwin Denby for "Dance Writings" (Alfred A. Knopf).
The NBCC presents two non-book awards. This year, its reviewing citation goes to Josh Rubins, who was for seven years co-editor of Kirkus Reviews. Its Board Award for general contribution to literature and criticism goes to Robert Giroux, chairman of the board of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
The NBCC solicits nominations from its membership, which includes most of the newspaper-affiliated book reviewers of the country and a variety of other editors and writers. Any title nominated by 20% of the membership wins automatic nomination for the NBCC award in its category. Remaining nominee slots, if any, are filled by the NBCC's 24-member elected board; and the board selects the winners. (The Book Review announced the NBCC nominees in Elizabeth Mehren's The Book Trade on Dec. 20, 1987.)