Marilynne Robinson wins National Book Critics Circle prizes
Marilynne Robinson and cartoonist Roz Chast were among the winners at the US National Book Critics Circle.
Robinson's Lila, the final book in her trilogy of Iowa-based novels that also includes Gilead and Home, won the prize for fiction in New York on Thursday.
Chast won the autobiography prize for her memoir about her elderly parents, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
John Lahr's biography of Tennessee Williams also won a prize.
Robinson's book, which tells the story of a homeless young woman who marries a minister, was - said the judges - "another miraculous and momentous American portrait".
They praised Robinson for her "glorious language shot through with light and grace."
David Brion Davis' The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, which the 88-year-old historian worked on for half a century, won in the non-fiction category.
Citizen won for the poetry award for Claudia Rankine, while The Essential Ellis Willis, an anthology of the late critic and essayist, was cited for criticism.
Toni Morrison was presented with a lifetime achievement award and received a standing ovation reported the Guardian.
She said: "When I published my first novel, The Bluest Eye, the reception was slight, indifferent, even hostile.
"It's still a popularly banned book, which I accept because I am in such good company."
Founded in 1974, the critics circle has around 700 members throughout the US.