December, 2007

Preview 2008: Terese Svoboda’s “Black Glasses like Clark Kent”

by admin | Dec-25-2007

The following is excerpted with permission from Terese Svoboda’s “Black Glasses like Clark Kent: A GI’s Secret from Postwar Japan,” winner of the Graywolf...read »

Friday Afternoon Addictions

by admin | Dec-21-2007

I confess. I get antsy around three o’clock on Friday afternoons. Most weeks by four o’clock I hear the satisfying click that tells me the nytimesdirect email...read »

Steven G.  Kellman on Nabokov’s “Lectures on Literature”

by admin | Dec-20-2007

Last year’s NBCC Balakian award winner Steven G. Kellman offers this In Retrospect essay on 1980 NBCC finalist in criticism “Lectures on Literature” by...read »

Quiet Time

by admin | Dec-18-2007

Critical Mass will be quieter than usual in coming weeks:  Board members are scattering for the holidays and holing up to finish reading mountains of books by...read »

Update: NBCC in San Francisco, January 2008

by admin | Dec-18-2007

Recognizing the literary influence of Northern California, and the presence of more than 100 of the NBCC’s nearly 800 members in that region, the NBCC will...read »

Valerie Martin: An End-of-Year Lagniappe

by admin | Dec-18-2007

Earlier this month, novelist Valerie Martin took part in an NBCC sponsored reading by and for New Orleans writers (details here). She ended her section of the...read »

A Tribute and a Celebration: Siv Cedering’s Last Book,“Vixen”

by admin | Dec-16-2007

Swedish-born poet and fiction writer Siv Cedering , who started her life thirty kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, died on November 17, 2007 in...read »

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