Roundups

January, 2018

Death cleaning, literary secrets, and an artist of the year

by Laurie Hertzel | Jan-16-2018

Reviews and profiles NBCC VP/Online Jane Ciabattari joins NBCC president Kate Tuttle, NBCC board members Laurie Hertzel and Kerri Arsenault, and former...read »

Critical Notes: Wintry 2018 edition #1: Jamie Quatro, Elizabeth Strout, Elif Shafak, Joan Didion Doc

by admin | Jan-09-2018

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviews Jamie Quatro's Fire Sermon for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. NBCC VP/Online Jane Ciabattari's Books to Read in...read »

December, 2017

Critical Notes: End of 2017 Edition

by Jane Ciabattari | Dec-25-2017

Steph Opitz, who has worked on or with the Texas Book Festival, the Brooklyn Book Festival, the PEN World Voices Festival, Literary Arts’s Wordstock, and...read »

News, reviews, happy and sad

by Laurie Hertzel | Dec-18-2017

  NBCC fiction awardee Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah makes Time magazine's list of 30 books to read before you're 30 (along with fiction finalists...read »

Short stories and letters headline this week for the short on time reader

by Anjali Enjeti | Dec-11-2017

  Former NBCC board president, and current board member Tom Beer wrote about new books this week for Newsday.  Star Tribune senior editor for books and...read »

Sam Shepard’s Swan Song, and more: Critical Notes for the week of December 4

by Daisy Fried | Dec-04-2017

​​ photo by Chad Batka/NYT NBCC Balakian winning critic Parul Sehgal is interviewed by Durga Chew-Bose in SSENSE.  NBCC VP and Online Chair Jane...read »

November, 2017

Critical Notes:Joan Silber, Kevin Young, Joan Didion, Hanif Abdurraqu & More

by Jane Ciabattari | Nov-27-2017

Reminder: NBCC Balakian award submissions from members are due December 17. The award for excellence in book criticism includes a $1,000 cash prize funded...read »

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