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NBCC Board Elections Coming Up: Deadine December 19 for Board Statements

by Tom Beer | Dec-02-2016


It's time once again to elect new members to the Board.


Board members serve a three-year term, beginning the day after the awards presentation in March. The Board manages the NBCC's administrative tasks and selects the books for each year's NBCC Book Awards, as well as choosing those honored by the Ivan Sandrof and Nona Balakian Awards. For more information about Board duties and responsibilities, please visit our website (at bookcritics.org).


We have 8 vacancies to fill this year. All voting members of the NBCC may choose to put themselves forward to stand for election. If you are interested in running for the Board, please send a candidate statement to Vice President/NewsWire Kate Tuttle at kate.tuttle@gmail.com. Statements should be no longer than 300 words, and ideally will include both a sense of the candidate's work as a reviewer, any other relevant experience, and vision for what that person would contribute to the Board, if elected. In an earlier email, I had mentioned an incorrect deadline for accepting candidate statements -- we will be accepting candidate statements until December 19. 


On December 20, we will launch the election using a Survey Monkey tool that will allow all voting members to cast their votes. The election will close on January 9. Winners will be decided by popular vote. We should have the results of the election the following day, and will communicate them first to candidates, then to the membership at large.


Please don't hesitate to contact us at kate.tuttle@gmail.com with any questions about the process. We hope to get a great new slate of candidates and that all voting members participate in selecting our new Board.


 




 

 

Announcing the #NBCCLeonard Award Finalists

by Daniel Akst | Nov-30-2016

We’re happy to report that the NBCC membership has spoken, and the 2016 John Leonard Prize finalists have been chosen. Here’s this year’s terrific list:

The Mothers, by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) 
The Girls, by Emma Cline (Random House) 
Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Liveright) 
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf) 
The Nix, by Nathan Hill (Knopf) 
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter (Graywolf) 

Nominations for the Leonard prize, for a first book in any genre, are open to any NBCC member, and the six finalists are those titles with the most nominations. In a first this year, a panel of member-volunteers will read the finalists and select the winner, to be announced in January. The John Leonard Prize will be presented at the NBCC Awards Ceremony at The New School in New York on March 16, 2017.

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