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 donations are tax-deductible. Please visit our Donate page to learn more.

Membership: The NBCC serves nearly 800 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing professionals, student members, and friends. Membership is open to freelance and staff book reviewers, associate nonvoting members, student members, and friends. 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, 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 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. The NBCC awards finalists’ reading and NBCC awards ceremony, presented annually in March, bring together authors, reviewers, publishing professionals, and passionate readers for our celebration.

Connecting Online: The NBCC does more than present its awards. Throughout the year it connects with members and readers in a 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 Hertzel, NBCC President
Minneapolis Star Tribune/NBCC
650 3rd Avenue South
Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55488
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Kerri Arsenault, NBCC VP/Communications

PO Box 96
Roxbury CT 06783
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Anjali Enjeti, NBCC VP/Membership

11014 Taconic Way
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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Carolyn Kellogg, NBCC VP/Online

P.O. Box 5132
Montgomery, AL 36103
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Carlin Romano, NBCC VP/Events
University of Pennsylvania
Annenberg School for Communication
3620 Walnut St.
Philadelphia PA 19104
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Kate Tuttle, NBCC VP/Awards

43 Ardsley Rd.
Montclair NJ
07042
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David Varno, NBCC VP/Tech
Publishers Weekly/NBCC
71 W. 23rd Street, Suite 1608
New York, NY, 10010
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Marion Winik, NBCC VP/Treasurer

4600 Keswick Rd.
Baltimore MD 21210
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Mark Athitakis, NBCC Deputy Online
Freelance critic
21 S. Rita Lane
Chandler, AZ 85226
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Gregg Barrios
Freelance Writer/Critic
304 E Courtland Pl
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Victoria Chang

Antioch University
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
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Lori Feathers

3030 McKinney Ave. #2105
Dallas, TX 75204
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Charles Finch

1832 N. Berendo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Mary Ann Gwinn
Books Columnist, Seattle Times
7814 39th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
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Jessica Loudis

476 Clinton Avenue, 2A
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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John McWhorter

33-27 80th St., #31
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Ismail Muhammad

1066 56th St., Apartment A
Oakland, CA 94608
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Walton Muyumba
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 442
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47407
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Katherine A. Powers

424 Pelham Hill Road
Shutesbury MA 01072
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Michael Schaub

503A W. North Loop Blvd.
Austin TX 78751
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Madeline Schwartz

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Tess Taylor

336 Ramona Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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Elizabeth Taylor

2821 N. Pinegrove
Chicago IL 60657
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Hope Wabuke

Attn: Hope Wabuke
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of English
625 N. 14th Street
Andrews Hall 202
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333
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Autobiography

Mark Athitakis, Chair
Anjali Enjeti
Laurie Hertzel
Jessica Loudis
Katherine A. Powers
Carlin Romano
Elizabeth Taylor
Kate Tuttle
Marion Winik

Biography

Elizabeth Taylor, Chair
Gregg Barrios
Mary Ann Gwinn
Laurie Hertzel
John McWhorter
Katherine Powers
Carlin Romano
Michael Schaub
Madeleine Schwartz
Kate Tuttle

Criticism

Kerri Arsenault, Chair
Victoria Chang
Anjali Enjeti
Ismail Muhammad
Walton Muyumba
Carlin Romano
Madeleine Schwartz
Elizabeth Taylor
Tess Taylor
David Varno

Fiction

Charlie Finch, Chair
Kerri Arsenault
Lori Feathers
Mary Ann Gwinn
Carolyn Kellogg
Ismail Muhammad
Walton Muyumba
Carlin Romano
Michael Schaub
Elizabeth Taylor
Tess Taylor
David Varno
Marion Winik

General Nonfiction

Kate Tuttle, Chair
Kerri Arsenault
Gregg Barrios
Jessica Loudis
John McWhorter
Walton Muyumba
Carlin Romano
Elizabeth Taylor
David Varno
Hope Wabuke

Poetry

Tess Taylor, Chair
Mark Athitakis
Victoria Chang
Anjali Enjeti
Lori Feathers
Charles Finch
Carolyn Kellogg
Ismail Muhammad
Walton Muyumba
Carlin Romano
Hope Wabuke
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NBCC Awards

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NBCC 2017 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2017 Finalists Reading

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