30 Books in 30 Days Archive

Each year, Critical Mass highlights on a daily basis the thirty books selected as finalists for our annual awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Criticism, Biography, and Autobiography.  

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From the Critical Mass blog

Announcing the Finalists for the John Leonard Award for Best First Book

Big news: the NBCC membership has spoken, and the 2018 John Leonard Prize finalists have been chosen.  Here’s this year’s superb list: FRIDAY BLACK

Critical Notes: Tom Barbash, Idra Novey, & Anna Burns

Deadlines: Today is the deadline for NBCC members to submit their self nominations for the Balakian Award for Excellence in Reviewing, which comes

#NBCCLeonard: Jennie Hann on Karen Hildebrand’s “Crossing Pleasure Avenue”

The John Leonard Prize, our annual award based on member nominations and chosen by a panel of member volunteers, is awarded for the best first book in

#NBCCLeonard: Jane Ciabattari on Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ “Fruit of the Drunken Tree”

The John Leonard Prize, our annual award based on member nominations and chosen by a panel of member volunteers, is awarded for the best first book in