Critical Notes: Hallberg, Rainbow Rowell and Bonnie Jo Campbell

by Elizabeth Taylor | Oct-12-2015

Marion Winik reviews Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire for Newsday. 

Pamela Erens defends Karl Ove Knausgaard and “autofiction” in the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Julia Klein reviews Hitler’s Art Thief: Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis, and the Looting of Europe’s Treasures by Susan Ronald for The Forward.

For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Julie Hakim Azzam interviews Rainbow Rowell about her upcoming young adult novel, Carry On

Michelle Newby Lancaster reviews Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 for The Rumpus.

Fred Volkmer reviews The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt for Southampton Press and 27east.

Terry Hong reviews Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe in Christian Science Monitor and interviews P.S. Duffy about her debut novel The Cartographer of No Man’s Land and also profiles her for Bloom.  

For his Rumpus series, Board member David Biespiel writes “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” recalling Howard Zinn, Paolo Freire and Walt Whitman.

Lori Feathers reviews Cesar Aira’s Dinner for Three Percent and also The Sleep of the Righteous by Wolfgang Hilbig for Full Stop.

For WBUR's, The ARTery, Carol Iaciofano reviews Sherry Turkle's Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

For Open Letters Monthly, Rebecca Hussey reviews Vivian Gornick's The Odd Woman and the City

Anne Payne reviews Susan Barker’s The Incarnations for the Florida Times Union’s

For the San Francisco Chronicle, Elizabeth Rosner reviews The Prize by Jill Bialosky.

Board member Kate Tuttle reviews four books of non-fiction for The Boston Globe and also reviews Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature by Alva Noe for the Globe.

Board member and VP/online Jane Ciabattari reviews past NBCC fiction finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell's new story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, for NPR, and for the Literary Hub, she wraps up five books making news this week, including NBCC finalist Patti Smith's M Train.

For The Driftless Area Review Karl Wolff reviews Liberation, edited by Mark Ludwig.

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