Supporting Book Criticism and Literary Culture Since 1974

Mission Statement: The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

History. The National Book Critics Circle was founded in April 1974 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, with founding members John Leonard, Nona Balakian, and Ivan Sandrof intending to extend the Algonquin round table to a national conversation. The NBCC gained 501(c)(3) status in October 2006, and in 2010 received an NEA grant to support the website and its literary blog, Critical Mass. The NBCC’s  tax-exempt status means anything you care to give us as a gift is now a tax deduction. Please visit our Donate page to learn more.

Membership. The NBCC serves nearly 600 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing personnel, and student members. Membership in the NBCC is open to freelance and staff book reviewers at various stages in their careers, associate nonvoting members, and student members. Full members receive access to tips on book reviewing, an annually updated guide to publications that accept freelance pitches for reviews, the ability to nominate titles for our annual awards and elect board members, access to members-only discussion groups, plus a variety of discounts on literary magazines. Please visit our Membership page for details and to become a member.

NBCC Awards: The National Book Critics Circle awards are given each March and honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves. Each year the NBCC also honors one of its member critics with the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing and confers the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award on a distinguished author, editor, publisher, or literary institution. (Recent recipients include Joyce Carol Oates, Dalkey Archive Press, Milkweed Editions, and New York Review of Books editor Robert Silvers.) The NBCC awards finalists’ reading and NBCC awards ceremony, presented annually in March, bring together authors, reviewers, publishing people, and passionate readers for a celebration of the best of each year’s literary offerings.

Connecting Online. The NBCC does more than present its awards: Throughout the year it connects with members and readers in variety of ways. Our blog, Critical Mass, includes updates on work from members, reports from literary events around the country, guest posts from members, and spotlights on small presses and literary websites. Twice a year the NBCC hosts NBCC Reads, in which members are queried on literary and critical topics. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Serving the Literary Community. The NBCC reaches the reading public through our website and at free public events nationwide, often with partners including AWP, PEN American Center, WNYC/Greene Performance Space,  the New School University, the Center for Fiction, Housing Works, Gemini Ink in San Antonio, Minneapolis Public Library, City Lights Books in San Francisco, Prairie Lights in Iowa City, and dozens of others.

Committees

Board Members

Laurie Muchnick, NBCC President
Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
65 West 36th Street, Suite 700
New York, NY 10018
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Jane Ciabattari, NBCC VP/Online
Freelance Critic
730 Lisbon Court
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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Rigoberto González, NBCC VP/Awards

104-60 Queens Blvd #8-R
Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Steven G. Kellman, NBCC VP/Membership
Freelance Critic
302 Fawn Drive
San Antonio, TX
78231-1519
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Carolyn Kellogg, NBCC VP/Technology
LA Times
Los Angeles Times, Books
202 W. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Karen Long, NBCC VP/Secretary
Freelance Critic
3114 Berkshire Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH
44118
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Michael Miller, NBCC VP/Treasurer
Bookforum
350 Seventh Avenue, 19th Fl
NY NY 10001
New York, NY 10001
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Elissa Schappell, NBCC VP/Newswire
543 Union Street, 2B
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Alex Abramovich

30-53 29th Street 4B
Long Island City, NY 11102
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Mark Athitakis
Freelance critic
3251 W. Frankfurt Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226
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Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
490 First Ave. S
St. Petersburg FL 33701
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Gregg Barrios
Freelance Writer/Critic
304 E Courtland Pl
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Tom Beer
Newsday
235 Pinelawn Rd.
Melville, NY 11747
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David Biespiel
Director, Attic Institute
4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97215
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Ron Charles
Washington Post
1150 15th Street NW
Washington DC 20071
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Carmela Ciuraru

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Mary Ann Gwinn
Seattle Times
7814 39th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
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Eric Liebetrau, NBCC Deputy/Online
Kirkus Reviews
479 Old Carolina Court
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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Miriam Markowitz
The Nation/NBCC
33 Irving Place, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003
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Walton Muyumba
5908 Gaston Avenue, #210
Dallas, TX 75214
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Joanna Scutts

3057 29th Street, #1D
Astoria, NY 11102
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Tess Taylor

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Anne Trubek

3276 Daleford Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
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Kate Tuttle
755 Kirk Road
Decatur, GA 30030
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Autobiography

Tom Beer, chair
Alex Abramovich
David Biespiel
Jane Ciabattari
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Eric Liebetrau
Karen Long
Laurie Muchnick
Joanna Scutts
Kate Tuttle

Biography

Mary Ann Gwinn, chair
Gregg Barrios
Tom Beer
David Biespiel
Jane Ciabattari
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Steve Kellman
Carolyn Kellogg
Karen Long

Criticism

Walton Muyumba, chair
Alex Abramovich
Mark Athitakis
David Biespiel
Jane Ciabattari
Carmela Ciuraru
Miriam Markowitz
Joanna Scutts
Anne Trubek

Fiction

Mark Athitakis, chair
Colette Bancroft
Gregg Barrios
Tom Beer
David Biespiel
Ron Charles
Jane Ciabattari
Carmela Ciuraru
Steven Kellman
Carolyn Kellogg
Eric Liebetrau
Karen Long
Miriam Markowitz
Michael Miller
Laurie Muchnick
Elissa Schappell

General Nonfiction

Karen Long, chair
Alex Abramovich
Colette Bancroft
Tom Beer
David Biespiel
Jane Ciabattari
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Carolyn Kellogg
Michael Miller
Walton Muyumba
Elissa Schappell
Tess Taylor
Anne Trubek
Kate Tuttle

Poetry

Rigoberto Gonzalez, chair
Gregg Barrios
David Biespiel
Ron Charles
Carmela Ciuraru
Miriam Markowitz
Walton Muyumba
Elissa Schappell
Tess Taylor
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