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

Kate Tuttle, NBCC President

755 Kirk Rd.
Decatur, GA 30030
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Kerri Arsenault, NBCC VP/Newswire

PO Box 96
Roxbury CT 06783
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Jane Ciabattari, NBCC VP/Online
Books Columnist, BBC.com
Jane Ciabattari
730 Lisbon Court
Rohnert Park,CA 94928
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Mary Ann Gwinn, NBCC VP/Secretary
Books Columnist, Seattle Times
7814 39th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
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Yahdon Israel, NBCC VP/Membership & Awards

310 Lewis Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
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Bethanne Patrick, NBCC VP/Technology

1436 Layman St.
McLean, VA 22101-2128
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Marion Winik, NBCC VP/Treasurer

4600 Keswick Rd.
Baltimore MD 21210
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Daniel Akst

34-38 81st St.
Apt. 21
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Tom Beer
Newsday
235 Pinelawn Rd.
Melville, NY 11747
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Anjali Enjeti

11014 Taconic Way
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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Lori Feathers

3030 McKinney Ave. #2105
Dallas, TX 75204
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Michele Filgate

38 Douglass St., Apt. 3
Brooklyn NY 11231
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Daisy Fried

811 S. Hutchinson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Laurie Hertzel
Minneapolis Star Tribune/NBCC
650 3rd Avenue South
Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55488
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John McWhorter

33-27 80th St., #31
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Michael Miller
Bookforum
350 Seventh Avenue, 19th Fl
NY NY 10001
New York, NY 10001
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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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Carlin Romano
ASC
3620 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Mark Rotella
Publishers Weekly/NBCC
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New York NY 10010
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Michael Schaub

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Austin TX 78751
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Clay Smith
Kirkus Media/NBCC
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Austin, TX 78746
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Tess Taylor

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El Cerrito, CA 94530
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Elizabeth Taylor

2821 N. Pinegrove
Chicago IL 60657
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Autobiography

Laurie Hertzel, Chair
Kerri Arsenault
Tom Beer
Jane Ciabattari
Anjali Enjeti
Lori Feathers
Michele Filgate
Yahdon Israel
Bethanne Patrick
Katherine A. Power
Carlin Romano
Mark Rotella
Elizabeth Taylor
Kate Tuttle
Marion Winik

Biography

Elizabeth Taylor, Chair
Dan Akst
Jane Ciabattari
Mary Ann Gwinn
Laurie Hertzel
John McWhorter
Katherine A. Powers
Carlin Romano
Michael Schaub
Kate Tuttle

Criticism

Yahdon Israel, Carlin Romano, Co-Chairs
Kerri Arsenault
Jane Ciabattari
Michele Filgate
Michael Miller
Walton Muyumba
Bethanne Patrick
Clay Smith
Elizabeth Taylor
Tess Taylor

Fiction

Tom Beer, Chair
Dan Akst
Jane Ciabattari
Anjali Enjeti
Lori Feathers
Michele Filgate
Daisy Fried
Mary Ann Gwinn
Michael Miller
Walton Muymba
Bethanne Patrick
Carlin Romano
Mark Rotella
Michael Schaub
Clay Smith
Elizabeth Taylor
Tess Taylor
Marion Winik

General Nonfiction

Mary Ann Gwinn, Chair
Dan Akst
Kerri Arsenault
Michael Miller
John McWhorter
Walton Muymba
Carlin Romano
Michael Schaub
Elizabeth Taylor
Kate Tuttle

Poetry

Tess Taylor, Chair
Dan Akst
Daisy Fried
Yahdon Israel
Walton Muyumba
Carlin Romano
Mark Rotella
Michael Schaub
Marion Winik
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