Critical Notes

August, 2017

Studs Terkel lives—or his portrait does, anyway. And other good stuff.

by Laurie Hertzel | Aug-21-2017

Reviews and columns from our members: Studs Terkel won the NBCC's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement award in 2004, and fitting for the Pulitzer Prize...read »

Midsummer nights’ reads from reviewers across the globe

by Anjali Enjeti | Aug-14-2017

NBCC board president Kate Tuttle spoke with Simone John about her debut poetry collection, "Testify" for the Boston Globe. NBCC board member Tom Beer wrote...read »

Upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival Event! Plus The Lauras, Mrs. Fletcher & More

by Daisy Fried | Aug-07-2017

Save the Date! At Home in the World: On Writing, Immigration, and Belonging A National Book Critics Circle panel at the Center for Fiction Thursday,...read »

July, 2017

Critical Notes: Big Changes at the New York Times, and Other Book Reviewing News

by Daisy Fried | Jul-31-2017

​Big news in the book world: New York Times long-time chief book reviewer Michiko Kakatuni has stepped down. Parul Sehgal, ​2010 NBCC Nona Balakian Citation...read »

Wrap up July with books from Edwidge Danticat, Elena Ferrante, and more

by Anjali Enjeti | Jul-24-2017

NBCC board member Tom Beer summarizes this week's new books for Newsday. NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn reviewed Richard Laurie's "Putin: His Downfall...read »

Books for runners, books for readers, books for summer

by Laurie Hertzel | Jul-17-2017

NBCC vice president/ online Jane Ciabattari's Lit Hub column features It Girl Eve Babitz's first novel, redux; 2000 literary It Guy Matthew Klam's first...read »

Summer heats up with hot new memoirs from Sherman Alexie, David Sedaris, and more

by Anjali Enjeti | Jul-10-2017

  NBCC President Kate Tuttle interviewed Ben Mezrich, the author of “Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct...read »

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