Video: NBCC 2010 Finalists Reading

by David Varno | Mar-19-2011

See below for complete video of readings from 26 of the 31 NBCC 2010 Finalists, at The New School's Tishman Auditorium, March 9, 2011 in New York. Readers are listed here in order of appearance. Finalists came to New York to read  from as far away as Kathmandu, Istanbul, Israel, and London.Video begins with welcome from Robert Polito, Director of Writing Programs at The New School and winner of NBCC Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, and introduction from NBCC President Jane Ciabattari.

Photos Courtesy of Miriam Berkley. From top: David Grossman, Elif Batuman, Patti Smith

Fiction finalists:

David Grossman, To The End Of The Land. Translated by Jessica Cohen. Knopf. (8:00)

Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad, Knopf (14:00)

Jonathan Franzen. Freedom. Farrar, Straus And Giroux. (19:34)

Translator Damion Searls from Hans Keilson’s Comedy In A Minor Key. Farrar, Straus And Giroux (23:35)

Donna Tartt reading from Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies. Faber & Faber. (28:05)

Nonfiction finalists:

S.C. Gwynne. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American, Scribner (32:50)

Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Scribner

Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Random (51:00)

Biography finalists:

Sarah Bakewell. How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne. Other Press (56:20)

Yunte Huang. Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous With American History. Norton. (1:02:56)

Thomas Powers. The Killing Of Crazy Horse. Knopf. (1:07:10)

Poetry finalists:

Anne Carson. Nox. New Directions (1:12:35)

Kathleen Graber. The Eternal City. Princeton University Press 

Terrance Hayes. Lighthead. Penguin Poets (1:22:06)

Kay Ryan. The Best of It. Grove (1:26:40)

Criticism finalists:

Elif Batuman. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1:33:02)

Ander Monson. Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir. Graywolf (1:38:60)

Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings. Harper

Clare Cavanagh. Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West. Yale University Press.

Susie Linfield. The Cruel Radiance. University of Chicago Press. (1:59:15)


Autobiography finalists:

Kai Bird, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978, Scribner (2:04:50)

David Dow, The Autobiography of an Execution, Twelve (2:11:20)

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Hiroshima in the Morning, Feminst Press (2:16:25)

Patti Smith, Just Kids, Ecco (2:21:45)

Darin Strauss, Half a Life, McSweeney’s (2:27:02)

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