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by Carmela Ciuraru | May-14-2016

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Kevin O'Kelly reviews "American Rhapsody" by Claudia Roth Pierpont for the Christian Science Monitor.

NBCC president and Newsday books editor Tom Beer reviews Adam Haslett’s new novel, “Imagine me Gone."

Anita Felicelli reviews Shobha Rao's "An Unrestored Woman" for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Julia M. Klein reviews Andrew Nagorski's "The Nazi Hunters" for the Forward.

Heather Scott Partington reviews "Hystopia" by David Means for the Northwest Review of Books.

NBCC Board Member Mark Rotella writes about George Plimpton for Vanity Fair.

Michael Leong's reviews "Antithetical Poetics: Recent Books by Joseph Donahue" for Hyperallergic.

Jim Ruland reviews "Cities I've Never Lived In" by Sara Majka and "Making Nice" by Matt Sumell for San Diego CityBeat.

Kerri Arsenault interviews Declan Spring of New Directions Publishing for Lit Hub.

Fred Volkmer writes about Mark Ciabattari's "Preludes to History" and Louis Begley's "Kill and Be Killed" for 27East.com.

NBCC Board Member Kate Tuttle reviews recent nonfiction titles for the Boston Globe.

Michael Upchurch reviews “Our Young Man” by Edmund White for the New York Times Book Review, “The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure” by Henry Petroski for the Washington Post, “Apostle” by Tom Bissell for the Seattle Times, and "Black Deutschland" by Darryl Pinckney for the Chicago Tribune.

Benjamin Woodard reviews "A Well-Made Bed" by Laurie Alberts and Abby Frucht for the Northwest Review of Books.

John Domini reviews "Zero K" by Don DeLillo for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and on Lit Hub, offers a reading list guide to Naples, the city of Elena Ferrante. For American Book Review, he writes about John Keene's "Counternarratives."

NBCC Board Member Colette Bancroft, recent winner of a first-place National Headliner Award, reviews Richard Russo for the Tampa Bay Times.

Diane Scharper reviews Helen Oyeyemi's stories, "What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours," for America Magazine.

Judy Krueger reviews Edna O'Brien's "The Little Red Chairs" at Litbreak.

Michael Magras reviews Adam Haslett's "Imagine Me Gone" for the Miami Herald.

NBCC Board Member Marion Winik interviews Richard Russo about "Everybody's Fool" in Newsday, and Ron Tanner about "Missile Paradise" in the Baltimore Fishbowl. Her column in the Fishbowl is a Hunter S. Thompson tribute.

Bob Hoover reviews Jennifer Haigh's "Heat and Light" for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

David Cooper reviews "Max's Diamonds" by Jay Greenfield for the New York Journal of Books.

Elizabeth Rosner reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen's "Nothing Ever Dies" for the San Francisco Chronicle.

NBCC Board Member Walton Muyumba reviews Don DeLillo's "Zero K" for Newsday.

Joseph Peschel interviews Allison Amend for the L.A. Review of Books.

Lori Feathers reviews "The Investigator" by Margarita Khemlin for World Literature Today.

Michael Lindgren reviews Moby’s memoir, "Porcelain" in the Washington Post.

NBCC Board Member Jane Ciabattari's "BBC Culture Books to Read in May" includes
new novels by NBCC award winner Louise Erdrich, C. E. Morgan, and more. For Lit Hub, she recently wrote about Maggie Nelson, C. D. Wright, and others.

Alexis Burling reviews "Imagine Me Gone" by Adam Haslett for the San Francisco Chronicle.

NBCC General Membership Meeting May 12 in Chicago

by Tom Beer | Apr-28-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING


The NBCC's 2016 membership meeting is scheduled during BookExpo America in Chicago next month, at the offices of the NBCC's pro bono law firm. Here are the details:


WHEN Thursday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
WHERE Quarles & Brady, 300 N. LaSalle St., Suite 4000, Chicago.
RSVP by May 10 to Tom Beer, tomnbeer@aol.com with subject line NBCC MEETING

The meeting is open to all members in good standing, but please do RSVP; your name must be on the list with security at the front desk. We plan to go to lunch at a nearby restaurant after the meeting; details to follow.

As a BEA special for lapsed freelance members, you may rejoin the NBCC for just $40 at the meeting on May 12. Pay by credit card or personal check at the meeting.

Please come and hear what the NBCC has been doing, and let us know what we can do better. We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,
 
Tom Beer
 
 

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