Critical Notes

December, 2017

Short stories and letters headline this week for the short on time reader

by Anjali Enjeti | Dec-11-2017

  Former NBCC board president, and current board member Tom Beer wrote about new books this week for Newsday.  Star Tribune senior editor for books and...read »

Sam Shepard’s Swan Song, and more: Critical Notes for the week of December 4

by Daisy Fried | Dec-04-2017

​​ photo by Chad Batka/NYT NBCC Balakian winning critic Parul Sehgal is interviewed by Durga Chew-Bose in SSENSE.  NBCC VP and Online Chair Jane...read »

November, 2017

Critical Notes:Joan Silber, Kevin Young, Joan Didion, Hanif Abdurraqu & More

by Jane Ciabattari | Nov-27-2017

Reminder: NBCC Balakian award submissions from members are due December 17. The award for excellence in book criticism includes a $1,000 cash prize funded...read »

Critical Notes: This is the month for the #NBCCLeonard Awards, Louise Erdrich, Jennifer Egan & more

by Jane Ciabattari | Nov-13-2017

NBCC members are in the thick of the #NBCCLeonard awards process, nominating books and writing blog posts about their favorites. The awards, for a first...read »

October, 2017

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein returns to round out October’s reviews

by Anjali Enjeti | Oct-30-2017

                                    Reviews and other news: NBCC board member Yahdon Israel was interviewed in the New York Times.  NBCC...read »

Great Reads for a Harvest Moon from Jeffrey Eugenides, Jennifer Egan, Salman Rushdie & more

by Anjali Enjeti | Oct-09-2017

                      Reviews and other news: The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Kazuo Ishiguro, whose 2005 novel Never Let Me Go" was an...read »

Critical Notes: October Launches, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Eig, Sally Rooney & More

by Jane Ciabattari | Oct-02-2017

Member reviews and interviews: Jennifer Egan, who earned the NBCC Fiction Award for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad,  has a new novel out this month....read »

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