Critical Notes

June, 2018

New Fiction by Lauren Groff, Bill Clinton and James Patterson and more

by Daisy Fried | Jun-04-2018

  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, NBCC award fiction award winner (for Americanah) and fiction finalist (for Half of a Yellow Sun) is profiled in The New...read »

May, 2018

Road Trips with Andrew Sean Greer and Better Times for Women in Hollywood

by David Varno | May-29-2018

NBCC board member and Best Translated Book Award judge Lori Feathers writes about why My Heart Hemmed In by Marie NDiaye should win this year's BTBA fiction...read »

Ian MacKenzie, William Trevor, Sarah Winman & Flash Fiction

by Taylor Anhalt | May-21-2018

NBCC Vice President/Online Jane Ciabattari’s flash fiction, #BrooklynAftertheFall, was published in the flash anthology commissioned for Independent...read »

Critical Notes: NBCC members review Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje and More

by Daisy Fried | May-14-2018

Rayyan Al-Shawa reviewed Audrey Schulman's Theory of Bastards in The Globe and Mail. Here’s board member Kerri Arsenault on an early lesson in labor and...read »

Straight-ahead book reviews and backwards books

by Laurie Hertzel | May-07-2018

NBCC board member Laurie Hertzel wrote her weekly Star Tribune column on the strange and disturbing trend of shelving books spine-in. Board member Lori...read »

April, 2018

Critical Notes: The Legacy of Women Critics, Racism in Florida, and the LA Festival of Books

by David Varno | Apr-23-2018

Jenny Bhatt reviewed ‘Sharp’ by Balakian winner Michelle Dean, about ten women writers who shaped the NYC intellectual scene in the 20th century. In her...read »

Lawrence Wright, Michelle Dean, and Poetry by Members

by Taylor Anhalt | Apr-16-2018

Reviews Eileen Weiner reviewed Richard Powers’ ‘The Overstory’ for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Heller McAlpin reviewed Meg Wolitzer’s ‘The Female...read »

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