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 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.

About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).



Categories & Archives

Become a Friend of the NBCC

Upcoming Events

NBCC at the Brooklyn Public Library: Criticism and Social Justice: March 20th, 2018

NBCC Awards

Finalists for 2017

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions

Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2016 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Finalists Reading

NBCC 2014 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Awards Ceremony

All videos and podcasts.