by Jane Ciabattari | Mar-04-2009

This year’s Balakian winner, Ron Charles, handicaps the National Book Critics Circle fiction awards, to be announced next Thursday evening, March 23, at the New School. Meanwhile, finalist M. Glenn Taylor makes news with his second novel.

Balakian winner Wyatt Mason calls D.T. Max’s New Yorker piece on David Foster Wallace “a very sensitive job,” gives the Tennyson poem referenced by the title of Wallace’s last novel, “The Pale King.”

Author of the Havana Quartet, Leonardo Padura’s Top 10 Cuban Novels.

Steve Paul revels in the writing of the late A.J. Liebling on the Kansas City Star book blog.

NBCC board member Celia McGee on Geoffrey Rush’s coming to Broadway as “the decrepit Energizer Bunny of a royal destined to die by play’s end despite his best efforts not t” in Ionesco’s “Exit the King.”

Clark Blaise passes along this commentary on the end of the Washington Post Book World from the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book, with awards, coming up April 24, with NBCC board member David L. Ulin as emcee.

NBCC board member Rebecca Skloot discovers Maud Newton’s blog is on Amazon @ .99/reader/month.

Adam Kirsch on Samuel Johnson, professional writer:“Money made him do it.”

NBCC board member Rigoberto Gonzalez reads Friday night at Gemini Ink in San Antonio. (Shout-out to the incredible Rosemary Catacalos.)

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn asks, “What does the editor of the Washington Post do when he retires?”

NBCC board member Oscar Villalon created this website for Dave Eggers.

Writing in Bookslut, Jacob Silverman finds Whiting Award winner Laleh Khadivi’s first novel, “The Age of Orphans,” by turns lyrical and mature.

NBCC board member Scott McLemee has a fan.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Marlon James’s “powerful novel,” “The Book of Night Women” for the Miami Herald.

NBCC board member Kevin Prufer has poem #39 on “Starting Today: Poems for the First 100 Days.” And he’ll be reading at The New School on March 10 at 6:30 p.m.

NBCC board member Lizzie Skurnick and incoming NBCC board member John Reed reading March 15 at KGB Bar in NYC at 7 pm.

In Guernica, three poems by Novica Tadic, translated by Charles Simic.

And Baristanet on how Montclair might save poetry…

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