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Chanel Miller’s KNOW MY NAME wins at the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards.

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A huge congratulations to Chanel Miller, whose memoir Know My Name has been awarded the 2020 National Book Critics Circle prize in the Autobiography category. The awards have been running in America since 1974 and are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves. The judges describe Know My Name as “offering us a rare understanding of what it means to have one’s life utterly changed by an act of violence”, adding that “well before she became a crime victim, Miller had dedicated herself to the art of storytelling; the power of her narrative structure and the lush and personable voice she achieves on the page are the result.” The full announcement and list of winners can be found here.

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