The nbcc awards have from the beginning carried the cachet of being judged by the critics themselves.
nbcc president John Freeman made the introduction: “And now to announce the big kahuna…” The crowd hissed.
The 24 board members nominate promising books themselves, with some input from nbcc members.
Today the nbcc board is fueled more by caffeine than alcohol.
Her most recent memoir, Somewhere Towards the End, won the nbcc award and became a surprise bestseller.