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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, Resistence 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.

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Wrap up July with books from Edwidge Danticat, Elena Ferrante, and more

NBCC board member Tom Beer summarizes this week's new books for Newsday.

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn reviewed Richard Laurie's "Putin: His Downfall and Russia's Coming Crash," Fred Kaplan's “Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War,” and Flip Springer's “History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town,” for the Seattle Times.

David Cooper reviewed Joshua Cohen's "Moving Kings," for the New York Journal of Books. 

Carolyn Kellogg wrapped up the week in books for the Los Angeles Times. 

Leah Mirakhor reviewed Edwidge Danticat's "The Art of Death," for the Los Angeles Times. 

Pricilla Gilman reviewed Samantha Hunt's "The Dark, Dark," for the Boston Globe.

Meredith Maren reviewed Julie Klam's "The Stars in Our Eyes," for the Chicago Tribune.

Heller McAlphin reviewed Tamara Shopsin's "Arbitrary Stupid Goal," for NPR.

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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” ...

May showers readers with audio books by Alec Baldwin and Sarah Dunant, book to film deals, and more

May Day! May Day! These releases will save you from bad reality television and boredom. NBCC board member and Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers preferred the audiobook to the memoir of Alec Baldwin’s Nevertheless, and also reviewed the audiobooks of Sarah Dunant’s In the Name of the Family and Yewande Omotoso’s The Woman Next Door for The Washington Post. For NPR, Maureen Corrigan reviewed Rakesh Satyal’s No One Can Pronounce My Name. Michael Lindgren explored the difference between song lyrics and poetry in a review of Adam Bradley’s The Poetry of Pop for the Washington Post. Lanie Tankard reviewed James Kelman’s Dirt Road for The Woven Tale Press, and Ruth Gilligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan for World Literature Today. For Forward, Julie M. Kline reviewed The Longest Night by Otto de Kat, translated by Laurie Wilkinson. Also for Forward, former NBCC board member and Balakian recipient Steven G. Kellman reviewd Dorit ...

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta review – love in the time of Biafra

Okparanta delivers a gripping novel about a young gay woman’s coming of age in Nigeria during the Nigerian civil war

In Chinelo Okparanta’s new novel Under the Udala Trees, a chance meeting between Ijeoma, a Christian Igbo, and Amina, a Muslim Hausa, begins a friendship that turns quickly to passion. “This was the beginning,” Okparanta writes. “Our bodies being touched by the fire that was each other’s flesh … Tingly and good and like everything perfect in the world.”

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