Video: The Crisis in Book Reviewing: Disappearing Space, Disappearing Pay

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Over the past 10 years, book-review sections in many American newspapers have  gone on life support. At least one major newspaper that once spent close to $100,000 annually on book reviews now budgets zero for book reviews. One result is that the same review often runs in more papers than ever before.  Do newer digital ventures make up for the print decline in either space or pay?


Christopher Carduff, Books Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Gerald Howard, Vice-President and Executive Editor, Doubleday

Julia M. Klein, Cultural Critic

Kate Tuttle, President, National Book Critics Circle and columnist, The Boston Globe

Moderator: Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vice President, NBCC, Author, America the Philosophical (Alfred A. Knopf)

Date: May 30, 2018,  12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Location: Book Expo, Jacob Javits Center

Video courtesy of NBCC Emerging Critic Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers.

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Flashback to 2011: The NBCC Celebrating Philip Roth

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Coming up tonight (September 28) at Book Culture in New York: A panel discussing the art and influence of Philip Roth, moderated by Harpers Magazine editor and former NBCC board member James Marcus, and including Rick Moody, NBCC finalists Vivian Gornick and  Claudia Roth Pierpont and Daniel Smith.

Which reminds me of a National Book Critics Circle celebration of Philip Roth, in 2011, attended by Zadie Smith and Nathan Englander (with Roth, above), among others. Roth is the NBCC's  most honored author, surviving the grueling winnowing process by 24 critics to become an award finalist seven times and being honored with the NBCC award for fiction (for The Counterlife) and also for autobiography (for Patrimony). Introducing Roth, I quoted from Saul Bellow, who, in nominating Roth for the Nobel Prize, wrote to the Swedish Academy from Brookline. His letter was brief:"I wish ...

Video: NBCC 2016 Awards Ceremony

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Video by Zachary Auron In Order of Appearance Welcome: Luis Jaramillo, Director, The New School Writing Program Opening Remarks: Tom Beer, President, National Book Critics Circle The John Leonard Prize: Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (Alfred A. Knopf) The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Michelle Dean The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Atwood Poetry: Ishion Hutchinson, House of Lords and Commons Criticism: Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Autobiography: Hope Jahren, Lab Girl  Biography: Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life  Nonfiction: Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City  Fiction: Louise Erdrich, LaRose

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