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Midsummer nights’ reads from reviewers across the globe

by Anjali Enjeti | Aug-14-2017

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 2017 Emerging Critics Fellow, Yalie Kamara reckons with the notion of duality in her new chapbook, “When the Living Sing,” which was recently reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Former NBCC board member Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Robert Haas' "A Little Book on Form" and Louise Glück's "American Originality," for the New York Times. 

Former NBCC board member Gregg Barrios reviewed the touring production of the 2015 Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, based on the NBCC award-winning book by Alison Bechdel. 

Julia M. Klein reviews Alexandra Silber's "After Anatevka," for Forward.

Jonathan Russell Clark reviewed Rachel Khong's "Goodbye, Vitamin," for the Columbus Dispatch. 

Paul Wilner interviewed Scott Spencer about his new novel, "River Under The Road,'' for ZYZZVA magazine. He also wrote a mid-summer reading roundup and a Henry Miller appraisal for the Monterey County Weekly.

Diane La Rue reviewed J. Courtney Sullivan's "Saints for All Occasions and Jane Green's "The Sunshine Sisters," for the Auburn Citizen.

Lanie Tankard reviewed "Moonbath" by Yanick Lahens for The Woven Tale Press.

Elizabeth Lund reviewed Jill Bialosky's "Poetry Will Save Your Life"  for the Washington Post. 

David L. Ulin wrote about identifying as a Californian for the Los Angeles Times.  

Maureen Corrigan reviewed Lauren Shapiro's "What She Ate" for NPR. 

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed "The Only Café," a new novel by Linden MacIntyre for The Globe and Mail.

Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items, including new about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password.​

Upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival Event! Plus The Lauras, Mrs. Fletcher & More

by Daisy Fried | Aug-07-2017

Save the Date!

At Home in the World: On Writing, Immigration, and Belonging
A National Book Critics Circle panel at the Center for Fiction
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7 pm.
Center for Fiction
17 East 47th Street, New York, NY

Authors Rumaan Alam, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Garnette Cadogan, Rigoberto Gonzalez, & Porochista Khakpour discuss immigration, Brooklyn/New York as a global center,and finding home as a writer. Moderated by NBCC board member Walton Muyumba. Reception to follow.

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

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NBCC member Rayyan Al-Shawaf looks at Graeme Wood’s The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Former NBCC board member Colette Bancroft has reviewed new books by Tom Perrotta, Sherman Alexie and Sarah Schmidt for the Tampa Bay Times

 Zhang, Gelman, Fitzmaurice: What’s new from NBCC Board Member and past president Tom Beer of Newsday.

NBCC member Robert Birnbaum and cohort’s writing on politics, baseball and much more are live at Our Man in Boston.

NBCC VP/Online chair Jane Ciabattari's BBC Culture column features three first novels, new work from Claire Messud and Kamila Shamsie, and Matthew Zapruder's Why Poetry, among others. She also moderated "The Legacy of Juan Rulfo" with panelists Mauro Javier Cardenas, Enrique Chagoya, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Guadalupe Nettel and Aura Xilonen at the Bay Area Book Festival. Watch here!

As the 20th anniversary of the publication of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent approaches, NBCC member Erika Dreifus revisits the novel and references some of the Bible-inspired fiction that has followed, for JTA.

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviewed Sara Taylor's The Lauras for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

NBCC member Joan Silverman reviews Tom Perrotta’s new novel Mrs. Fletcher for the Portland Press Herald.

Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items, including new about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password.​

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