Industry News

May, 2010

Critic vs. Litigious Author

by Steven G. Kellman | May-02-2010

Last March, the International Herald Tribune was forced to pay $114,000 for allegedly libeling the prime minister of Singapore in an article analyzing »

April, 2010

PEN World Voices, New York Stories

by Jane Ciabattari | Apr-30-2010

Thursday evening this week's PEN World Voices spread out all over New York.  As I sat in the front section of the Morgan Library auditorium, I knew »

“Historian” Is History at Amazon

by Eric Banks | Apr-19-2010

In short order, Critical Mass will be reporting the results of our semiannual NBCC Reads survey, which queried which work of fiction or nonfiction has »

NBCC Poetry Finalist Eleanor Ross Taylor Awarded 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

by Eric Banks | Apr-13-2010

Congratulations to Eleanor Ross Taylor, who has received the Poetry Foundation's $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievment. Her »

December, 2009

David L. Ulin on the Writing and Reading in the First Decade of the 21st Century

by Eric Banks | Dec-21-2009

Beginning this week, we'll begin highlighting the responses to the NBCC query recently sent out to members: How do you see book culture evolving over »

Scott McLemee Talks to Marcela Valdes About Roberto Bolaño

by Eric Banks | Dec-17-2009

In his "Intellectual Affairs" column, NBCC board member Scott McLemee wrote yesterday about his conversation with Marcela Valdes, herself a former »

Kirkus and the “Element of Surprise”

by Eric Banks | Dec-11-2009

Reacting to the shuttering of Kirkus, which published in the neighborhood of 5,000 advance reviews annually, Mark Athitakis celebrates the “element »

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