The 2020 National Book Critics Circle finalists were announced on January 24. James Shapiro’s Shakespeare in a Divided America: What Hs Plays Tells Us About Our Past and Future was named a finalist in the Nonfiction category. Megha Majumdar’s A Burning was named a finalist for the John Leonard Prize for Best First Book. Rumaan Alam was named a finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.