May, 2017

Coming up During BEA Week: NBCC Membership Meeting, Beyond the Buzz Panel

by Admin | May-24-2017

The National Book Critics Circle's annual General Membership Meeting, which coincides with this year's Book Expo America. The meeting is open to all members, but is not required.
When: May 31, 2017, from 10 a.m.-12.

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street,New York, NY 10017

 

National Book Critics Circle's 'Beyond the Buzz: Finding Hidden Gems from Small Press Books to Translations and More"

When: June 1, 2017, 4 pm.

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017. Wine reception to follow with wine courtesy Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Moderated by board member Michele Filgate, and with panelists Julian Lucas and Nicole Lamy from The New York Times, Carlos Lozada (winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing), and Bethanne Patrick (NBCC board member and contributing editor to Literary Hub).

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Refinery29, Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and Catapult and is the founder of the Red Ink series. 

Nicole Lamy is a writer and critic and the Match Book columnist for the New York Times. She is the former books editor of the Boston Globe.

Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post and an adjunct professor of journalism with the University of Notre Dame. At the Post he has also overseen coverage of economics, national security, and the Sunday Outlook opinion section. Previously, he was managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. In 2016 he received the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

Julian Lucas is associate editor of Cabinet and a contributing writer at The New York Times Book Review. His essays on fiction, art, poetry, and games examine the representation of American history in contemporary culture. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Cabinet, and The New York Review of Books.

Bethanne Patrick is a writer, journalist, critic, and author, best known online as "The Book Maven" and the creator of the popular #FridayReads social-media meme, once nominated for a Mashable Award. Her book reviews appear regularly in The Washington Post and on NPR Books, and have also been published in O the Oprah Magazine, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and on AOL, where she was the Books Editor for three years. Patrick is the author of An Uncommon History of Common Things (with John Thompson), An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy, and editor of the recent anthology The Books That Changed My Life: 100 Reflections from Authors, Artists, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People. Her essays have appeared in VQR Online, Club Mid, Elle.com, and more, while her book lists and author interviews appear weekly at The Literary Hub, where she is a contributing editor. She is a member of The Authors Guild and a board member of The National Book Critics Circle. Patrick is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master's in English from The University of Virginia.


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GONE FISHING

by Admin | May-23-2017

Critical Notes will return next week.....

 


May showers readers with audio books by Alec Baldwin and Sarah Dunant, book to film deals, and more

by Anjali Enjeti | May-15-2017

May Day! May Day! These releases will save you from bad reality television and boredom.

NBCC board member and Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers preferred the audiobook to the memoir of Alec Baldwin’s Nevertheless, and also reviewed the audiobooks of Sarah Dunant’s In the Name of the Family and Yewande Omotoso’s The Woman Next Door for The Washington Post.

For NPR, Maureen Corrigan reviewed Rakesh Satyal’s No One Can Pronounce My Name.

Michael Lindgren explored the difference between song lyrics and poetry in a review of Adam Bradley’s The Poetry of Pop for the Washington Post.

Lanie Tankard reviewed James Kelman’s Dirt Road for The Woven Tale Press, and Ruth Gilligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan for World Literature Today.

For Forward, Julie M. Kline reviewed The Longest Night by Otto de Kat, translated by Laurie Wilkinson.

Also for Forward, former NBCC board member and Balakian recipient Steven G. Kellman reviewd Dorit Rabinyan’s All the Rivers.

Jonathan Russell Clark reviewed Kristen Radtke's Imagine Wanting Only This for Fiction Advocate.

Rebecca Kightlinger reviewed four novels for the May 2017 Historical Novels Review, including Roads by Marina Antropow Cramer, Defectors by Joseph Kanon, A Fortune Foretold by Agneta Pleijel, translated by Marlaine Delargy, and Dido's Crown by Julie K. Rose.

For her Between the Lines column for BBC Culture, NBCC VP/Online and former president Jane Ciabattari picks new books by Lisa Ko, Charmaine Craig, Patricia Lockwood and Barbara Gowdy. Her Literary Hub weekly column features new memoirs from NBCC fiction winner Richard Ford and NYTBR book czarina Pamela Paul and gives a shout-out to NBCC fiction finalist Colson Whitehead.

Anjali Enjeti reviewed Bryn Chancellor’s Sycamore for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Iowa Writers Workshop shines a light on the successes of their alumni, including Adam Haslett, a finalist for the NBCC's fiction award for Imagine Me Gone, and Yaa Gyasi, recipient of the NBCC’s John Leonard prize for best first book, Homegoing, (which she wrote while at the Workshop). Longtime workshop faculty member Marilynne Robinson won two NBCC fiction awards for Gilead and Lila, and her book Home was an NBCC finalist.  

Lights! Camera! Action! Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by NBCC finalist Kevin Boyle, will be made into a film.

Audible released winner of three National Book Critics Circle awards Richard A. Caro’s On Power.

Don't forget the NBCC Beyond the Buzz panel at Center for Fiction June 1, with moderator Michele Filgate, panelists Nicole Lamy, Carlos Lozada, Julian Lucas, Bethanne Patrick.       

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Anjali Enjeti is a freelance critic, essayist and journalist. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Star Tribune, Vice, NPR, NBC, The Guardian, Washington Post, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives near Atlanta, teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University, and can be found on Twitter @anjalienjeti.

Galloping into Summer Reading with Russo, Ford and More

by Elizabeth Taylor | May-09-2017

The Kentucky Derby has been run, the Preakness Stakes is coming up and the stampede of summer books begins.

For the Portland Press Herald, Michael Berry reviewed Richard Russo's Trajectory and also Richard Ford's Between Them.

David Walton reviewed The Kingdom by Emmanuel Carrère for the Dallas Morning News.

For New York Journal of Books, Laverne Frith reviewed Jorie Graham's Fast: Poems

Jim Ruland reviewed Meg Howrey's The Wanderers for San Diego CityBeat.

C.M. Mayo reviewed Bitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos River by Patrick Dearen for Literal Magazine.

NBCC Board Member Mary Ann Gwinn interviewed Elizabeth Strout about her new novel Anything Is Possible for the Seattle Times.

NBCC board member Laurie Hertzel reviewed two graphic-novel memoirs for the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This, and Gabrielle Bell’s Everything is Flammable.  

Former NBCC president Laurie Muchnick wrote about Sandrof Awardee Margaret Atwood's 'moment' for Kirkus Reviews.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviewed Lisa Ko's The Leavers in the Kansas City Star.

Nathaniel Popkin reviewed Moving the Palace by Charif Majdalani in the Wall Street Journal  and for LitHub wrote about the literature of the refugee experience, particularly Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli and Dreams and Nightmares translated and edited by Mark Lyons.

Awards: The winners of the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards are Alejandra Pizarnik's Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962-1972 and in fiction, Lúcio Cardoso's Chronicle of the Murdered House. Fiction judge and NBCC board member Lori Feathers reviewed Cardoso’s novel earlier this year. 

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Granta’s best young authors, Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, & a conversation with Ishion Hutchinson

by Laurie Hertzel | May-01-2017

Ishion Hutchinson. Photo by John Midgley.

 

Balakian award winner Michelle Dean writes in the Guardian on Granta's best young American authors, including NBCC John Leonard award winners Yaa Gyasi and Anthony Marra, NBCC fiction finalists Lauren Goff and Ottessa Moshfegh, and Leonard award finalist Emma Cline.

Leah Mirakhor interviewed National Book Critic Circle Award Winner for Poetry Ishion Hutchinson in the LA Times.Hutchinson talks about the influences of Reggae artists such as Lee Scratch Perry and Vaughn Akae Beka Benjamin. She also reviewed Hari Kunzru’s White Tears, a novel about race, ghost, and the blues for The LA Review of Books. (Photo of Hutchinson above by John Midgley, taken at the NBCC awards ceremony.)

Kim Fay reviewed “Hola and Goodbye”  by Donna Miscolta for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Philip Belcher reviews Jane Satterfield's “Apocalypse Mix” for Shenandoah. 

Michael Magras reviewed “Anything Is Possible,”  by Elizabeth Strout, for the Houston Chronicle.

Sara Elaine F Tankard  reviews “Guesswork,” Martha Cooley's new memoir, for Women's Memoirs.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews “All the Rivers,” a novel by Dorit Rabinyan, in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jake Marmer reviews Larry Eigner and his "Selected Poems" and also writes about Israeli poets Lea Goldberg and Rahel, all for Tablet Magazine.

Other notable news:

NBCC VP/Awards & Membership Yahdon Israel will be on a NYCxDESIGN panel, Redesigning Citizenship, coming up May 23 at Pratt's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. 

 

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a board member of the NBCC.

April, 2017

The great Margaret Atwood, Vladimir Lenin, and other venerables

by Laurie Hertzel | Apr-24-2017

Associated Press photo.

A glorious spring day. The magnolias are blooming (they smell like bubblegum!), the forsythia is glowing golden and my tulips have not yet been eaten by rabbits. Here are the latest reviews and other good news from the hardworking members of the NBCC:

Former NBCC board member and Tampa Bay Times books editor Colette Bancroft reviews Sarah Gerard’s “Sunshine State” for the Tampa Bay Times, and also interviews Margaret Atwood, novelist, poet, essayist and winner of this year's NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

Board member Kerri Arsenault's essay, "Vacationland," was published in "Freeman's: Home," and also at Lithub. Her review of Sara Baume’s novel "A Line Made by Walking" appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And her interview with Fizcarraldo Editions editor, Jacques Testard, was published on Lithub.

Board member Lori Feathers, a judge for the Best Translated Book Award, writes about why Stefan Hertmans’s "War & Turpentine" should take the prize.

Board member and Minneapolis Star Tribune senior editor for books Laurie Hertzel profiles debut author Lesley Nneka Arimah for the Strib, and also reviews Drew Philp's book "A $500 House in Detroit.

Frank Freeman reviews Eleanor Brackbill’s "The Queen of Heartbreak Trail" in the Portland Press Herald.

Julia M. Klein reviews Anders Rydell's "The Book Thieves" and Norman Ohler's "Blitzed,"  as well as Caroline Kitchener's "Post Grad," all for the Chicago Tribune. She also reviewed Bernhard Schlink's "The Woman on the Stairs" for the Barnes & Noble Review. 

David Nilsen reviewed "Guera" by Rebecca Gaydos for The Collagist.

Joseph Peschel reviewed Michel Stone's “Border Child” in the Raleigh News & Observer.

Michael Magras reviewed "Lenin on the Train" by Catherine Merridale for the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed "American War," by Omar El Akkad, in the Boston Globe, and "The Idiot," by Elif Batuman, in the Toronto Star.

David Walton reviewed Alex Ryrie's "Protestants," for the Dallas Morning News.

Other publications, awards, honors and good stuff:

SAVE THE DATES: PEN World Voices (with a 10% discount for NBCC members), NBCC membership meeting and "Beyond the Buzz" panel moderated by NBBC board member Michele Filgate, with panelists New York Times's Nicoly Lamy and Julian Lucas, plus Balakian winner Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post NBCC VP/Tech Bethanne Patrick.

Former NBCC President John Freeman published his third issue of Freeman’s biannual (this one is "Freeman's: Home") and he and his contributors will be making appearances from Chicago to Stockholm. The full tour schedule is HERE. He will be appearing with Freeman's contributor and NBCC board member Kerri Arsenault in Berlin on April 22nd, Brooklyn on May 2nd, Stockholm on June 5th and Malmo on June 7th.

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the author of "News to Me," and a member of the NBCC board.

SAVE THE DATES: PEN World Voices, NBCC Membership Meeting and ‘Beyond the Buzz’ Panel

by Kate Tuttle | Apr-20-2017

 

SAVE THE DATES! Take note, as there's been a slight adjustment to the BEA events. The May 31-June 1 events take place during BookExpo (aka BEA), so there will be plenty of literary happenings and festivities in the area.


April 30-May 7, 2017: PEN World Voices 2017

NBCC members will be given a 10% discount code when purchasing tickets to any of the PEN World Voices events through the PEN website. On each event page, you will be able to click "Buy Tickets" and then enter the discount code included in the membership NewsWire just sent to you by email when prompted.


May 2, 2017, 7:30 pm:
PEN World Voices 2017. Former NBCC President, John Freeman will be discussing "home" the current theme of his literary journal, Freeman's, with contributor and Board member, Kerri Arsenault, alongside Barry Lopez, Emily Raboteau, and Lawrence Joseph. The event is at Greenlight Bookstore, 632 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. More information HERE.


May 4, 2017, 7:30-9 pm: PEN World Voices 2017. NBCC award winner Margo Jefferson and NBCC autobiography finalist Honor Moore will be discussing "Legacies: Militancy and Sisterhood" with Alix Kates Shulman as part of the PEN World Voices. 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. More information HERE.


May 31, 2017: General Membership Meeting, from 10-12 at the Center for Fiction in New York City. The meeting is open to all members, but is not required. Address: The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street,
New York, NY 10017
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June 1, 2017: NBCC panel at 4 pm with a wine reception to follow, both at the Center for Fiction. The panel topic will be "Beyond the Buzz: Finding Hidden Gems, from Small Press Books to Translations and More," and it will be moderated by Board member Michele Filgate, with panelists Balakian winner Carlos Lozada, the New York Times's Julian Lucas and Nicole Lamy, and NBCC VP/Technology Bethanne Patrick.  

Please join us in New York or on FacebookTwitter, @bookcritics & Instagram (bookscritics), and take part in our lively discussions and posts about criticism and literature!
 


Kate Tuttle is NBCC President and a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, among others.

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