Critical Notes

August, 2019

Scads of book reviews and more from our members this week

by Carolyn Kellogg | Aug-25-2019

NBCC board president Laurie Hertzel, senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, wrote her weekly column about writers'...read »

Toni Morrison in 2015

by Carolyn Kellogg | Aug-06-2019

Toni Morrison was awarded the Sandrof Prize for lifetime achievement by the National Book Critics Circle in 2015, accepting the award at our annual book...read »

Critical Notes: Richard Russo, Pablo Medina, Science Fiction by Women, and More

by Mark Athitakis | Aug-05-2019

Elaine Szewczyk interviewed Sheila Weller about her forthcoming biography, Carrie Fisher: Life on the Edge, for Publishers Weekly. Joe Peschel reviewed...read »

July, 2019

Elvis and more star-studded new book reviews and stories

by Carolyn Kellogg | Jul-29-2019

Book critic Michael Lindgren, who has been writing for the Washington Post and other venues for many years, is setting criticism aside to for an...read »

A Free Hand With History, and Whitehead’s ‘Great American Novel’

by David Varno | Jul-22-2019

A historical novel and a nonfiction narrative each put their own stamp on the past with mixed results, according to NBCC member critics. In a review of Clare...read »

June, 2019

Critical Notes: Aleksandar Hemon, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Plenty of Summer Reading

by Mark Athitakis | Jun-24-2019

New member Constance Grady of Vox has been busy, covering Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel City of Girls, Jim DeRogatis’ investigative book on R. Kelly, the...read »

Critical Notes: Member News, Summer Books, and a Word About the Sandrof

by admin | Jun-10-2019

We Still Need Your Help Selecting the Next Sandrof Award Winner Do you want the chance to help pick the next winner of the NBCC’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime...read »

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