Critical Notes

July, 2016

Critical Notes: Carolyn See, Jade Sharma, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Pamela Erens, and more

by Michele Filgate | Jul-25-2016

Author and former NBCC board member Carolyn See passed away at the age of 82.   Tom Beer, Newsday books editor and NBCC board president, reviewed cancer...read »

Mychal Denzel Smith, Cynthia Ozick and Anne Tyler

by Elizabeth Taylor | Jul-11-2016

It's a steamy summer, and drama and tragedy roll across the nation.  It was a particularly resonant time for NBCC Board member Walton Muyumba to write about...read »

June, 2016

Summer Reading, John Domini and more Barkskins

by Elizabeth Taylor | Jun-27-2016

Heading into a holiday weekend, NBCC Past President and current VP/Online Jane Ciabattari selects 10 new beach reads for her Between the Lines columnn for...read »

Barkskins, Stephen King and Orlando

by Elizabeth Taylor | Jun-20-2016

Annie Proulx's Barkskins attracted significant attention from book reviewers.  Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviews the novel for the Kansas City Star.  Board member...read »

February, 2016

Critical Notes: Alexander Chee, Elizabeth Strout, Chris Offutt, and more

by Michele Filgate | Feb-15-2016

NBCC Board member and 2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers reviews Andrea Molesini's Not All Bastards Are from Vienna for The New York Times Book Review,...read »

Rachel Cantor, Ian Buruma and Darryl Pinckney, plus Squirrels

by Elizabeth Taylor | Feb-01-2016

Rachel Cantor's novel Good On Paper has received much critical attention from reviewers, Michael Magras reviews it for BookPage  and Jeffrey Ann Goudie...read »

January, 2016

Critical Notes: Reviews of Elizabeth Strout, Ian Buruma, Diana Athill, and more

by Carmela Ciuraru | Jan-18-2016

Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items, including news about your latest publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. (Current members...read »

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