Books published by small printing houses or university presses were plentiful among the 25 nominated in five categories for the National Book Critics Circle's "Most Distinguished Books of 1993" awards.
Three nominees were published by the small presses Coffee House and Dalkey Archive, five were published by university presses, including the University of Illinois.
The group's board meets Feb. 11 to choose winners.
The nominated books are:
"The Jade Cabinet" by Rikki Ducornet (Dalkey Archive Press).
"A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest J. Gaines (Alfred A. Knopf).
"Feather Crowns" by Bobbie Ann Mason (HarperCollins).
"The Shipping News" by E. Annie Proulx (Charles Scribner's Sons).
"Vindication" by Frances Sherwood (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.).
"The Land Where The Blues Began" by Alan Lomax (Pantheon).
"Whoredom in Kimmage: Irish Women Coming of Age" by Rosemary Mahoney (Houghton-Mifflin).
"Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire" by David Remnick (Random House).
"Genie: An Abused Child's Flight From Silence" by Russ Rymer (HarperCollins). …