Critical Notes: Poems from North Korea and the end of literary studies

***  The NBCC awards finalists will read on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 pm at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York City, and the awards ceremony will be at the same location on  Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 pm. Both are free and open to the public. Tickets to the benefit after-party are $75, and may be purchased here. (NBCC members may purchase tickets in advance for $50.)  ***

*** In the 30 Books in 30 Days series leading up to the March 15, 2018 announcement of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle award winners, NBCC board members review the thirty finalists. This week, NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn offers an appreciation of Kenneth Whyte's "Hoover," Daisy Fried praises James Longenbach, "Earthling," and Ana Ristovic's "Directions for Use," and Michael Schaub applauds Jack E. Davis' "The Gulf." ***

*** Applications for NBCC Emerging Critics are now open. ***

***  The NBCC will ...

Short stories and letters headline this week for the short on time reader


Former NBCC board president, and current board member Tom Beer wrote about new books this week for Newsday. 

Star Tribune senior editor for books and NBCC board member Laurie Hertzel wrote her weekly Bookmark column about falling into—and getting out of –a book slump. She also wrote about the Minneapolis book launch of Jonathan Blunk’s new biography of James Wright—a poet who hated Minneapolis and was fired by the University. The irony was not lost on the audience.

Bécquer Seguín reviewed Federico García Lorca’s "Poet in Spain" for Slate. 

Xujun Eberlein's review of Q.M. Zhang's "Accomplice to Memory" appears in the Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel. 

Kai Maristed reviewed by "Old Rendering Plant" Wolfgang Hilbig, translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole, for The Arts Fuse.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed Michael Hardimon's "Rethinking Race: The Case for Deflationary Realism for ...

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein returns to round out October’s reviews



















Reviews and other news:

NBCC board member Yahdon Israel was interviewed in the New York Times. 

NBCC board member Walton Muyumba will be a judge of The Story Prize this year.

NBCC board member and Star Tribune senior editor for books Laurie Hertzel reviewed Peter Stamm’s “To the Back of Beyond,” for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She also wrote her weekly column about readers’ preferences for reading while traveling (nonfiction—almost all nonfiction!) And she also wrote about Juan Felipe Herrera, Roz Chast, and the other writers who spoke at the annual Twin Cities Book Festival.

NBCC Board member Kerri Arsenault reviewed Xialou Guo's "Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China," for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She also wrote about the Oslo House for Literature for The Literary Hub. The ...

Great Reads for a Harvest Moon from Jeffrey Eugenides, Jennifer Egan, Salman Rushdie & more












Reviews and other news:

The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Kazuo Ishiguro, whose 2005 novel
Never Let Me Go" was an NBCC finalist in fiction.

NBCC board member and former president Tom Beer wrote about new books from Ta'Nehisi Coates, Dan Brown and Jeffrey Eugenides for Newsday and offers some insight into book reviewing for Lit Hub's new "Secrets of the Book Critics" series. 

NBCC VP/Online Jane Ciabattari interviewed the co-founders of Litquake, a San Francisco Literary Institution. Her BBC Culture column features NBCC fiction award honoree Jennifer Egan & multiple NBCC fiction finalist Jeffrey Eugenides.  

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviewed "Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump's America" edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding for Rewire News

NBCC board member and VP/Secretary Mary Ann Gwynn reviewed Masha Gessen's "The Future Is History: ...

Midsummer nights’ reads from reviewers across the globe

NBCC board president Kate Tuttle spoke with Simone John about her debut poetry collection, "Testify" for the Boston Globe.

NBCC board member Tom Beer wrote about East Hampton Authors Night and summarized three new releases, including Emma Reyes' "The Book of Emma Reyes," (translated by Daniel Alarcón), Ladee Hubbard's "The Talented Ribkins," and David Thomson's "Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio," for Newsday. 

NBCC board member and senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Laurie Hertzel reviewed the debut novel, “The Misfortune of Marion Palm,” by Emily Culliton. In her weekly column, she wrote about three memoirs on dying: “The Bright Hour,” by Nina Riggs, “Dying,” by Cory Taylor, and “It’s Not Yet Dark,” by Simon Fitzmaurice.

NBCC board member Katherine A. Powers reviewed Harvey Markel's "The Kellogs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek," for Newsday.

National Book Critics Circle ...

Summer heats up with hot new memoirs from Sherman Alexie, David Sedaris, and more

  NBCC President Kate Tuttle interviewed Ben Mezrich, the author of “Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures,” and reviewed Margot Livesey’s “The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing,” for the Boston Globe. VP/Online Jane Ciabattari's Lit Hub column features reviews by former NBCC board members Laura Miller and Lev Grossman, Balakian winner Carlos Lozada, an interview with Sherman Alexie by former board member Mary Ann Gwinn. At the BBC, she features the best beach reads for 2017.  NBCC Balakian award-winning critic Carlos Lozada reviews Roy L. Brooks's "The Racial Glass Ceiling" for the Washington Post. NBCC Balakian award-winning critic Michelle Dean reviewed Eve Babitz’s’ “Sex and Rage,” for the Los Angeles TImes. NBCC Balakian award-winning critic Parul Sehgal reviewed Arundati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” for The Atlantic. NBCC award finalist (and former board member) Benjamin Moser wrote ...

Summer solstice ushers in reviews of highly anticipated books by Arundhati Roy and Roxane Gay

Reviews and interviews: This week on Lit Hub, Jane Ciabattari, NBCC VP/Online, focused on the new Arundhati Roy and Catherine Lacey novels, an anthology edited by Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon called “Kingdom of Olives and Ash,” and more.She also captures the Bay Area Book Festival in four acts. NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn interviews Sherman Alexie for The Seattle Times about his new memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” NBCC board member Colette Bancroft reviews Roxane Gay's memoir "Hunger" and Arundati Roy’s "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness for the Tampa Bay Times. NBCC board member Tom Beer reviews Arundhati Roy's “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” for Newsday. NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviews Scott Gould’s “Strangers to Temptation” for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” and Camille T. Dungy’s “Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History” ...