Roundup: J.J. Abrams, T.C. Boyle, Donna Tartt, and a new delivery time for future Roundups

by Eric Liebetrau | Dec-16-2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Starting today, the Monday roundups will now appear at 4 PM EST.


NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews S.J. Gazan's The Dinosaur Feather. She also delivers her best books of the year.

NBCC board member Mark Athitakis dives into the knotty, sticky world of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst's novel S.

Michael Lindgren takes a look at new story collections from T.C. Boyle, Russell Banks, and Tom Perrotta.

NBCC board member Colette Bancroft reviews one of the year's best novels, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch.

For Vogue, Megan O'Grady runs through her best books of 2013. She also provides a profile of German Book Prize-winner Julia Franck on the occasion of her new novel, Back to Back.

"10 Things Successful Poets Do": David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire.

"Inside the Dream Palace opens door on a vivid Chelsea Hotel." Carolyn Kellogg reviews Sherrill Tippins' new book.

Cody Corliss reviews Russell Shorto's Amsterdam in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

For the Seattle Times, Mary Ann Gwinn interviews Tom Nissley, author of A Reader's Book of Days.

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