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

by Laurie Hertzel | Aug-21-2017

Studs Terkel, painting by Steve Musgrave

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 winning author of "Division Street," he was immortalized in canvas at a branch of the Chicago Public Library located on Division Street. Past NBCC President and current Board member, Elizabeth Taylor attended the unveiling of the portrait, and wrote about it for The National Book Review.

NBCC Vice President/Online Jane Ciabattari's weekly Lit Hub column features Jill Bialosky, Lindsay Hunter, Ann Hood, Deborah E. Kennedy...and a tweet by Joyce Carol Oates, also an NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement awardee.

Board member Laurie Hertzel's weekly Bookmark column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune explores the lovely serendipity of finding books -- or of leaving books for strangers to find. Hertzel also wrote about a controversial nomination for best young-adult books in the PEN USA literary awards. 

Laverne Frith reviewed "Early Hour," a collection of poetry by Michael McGriff, in New York Journal of Books.

David Cooper reviewed the novel, "How to Behave in a Crowd," by Camille Bordas, for New York Journal of Books.

And other good stuff:

Linda Simon's new book, "Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper," will be published in September by Reaktion Books.

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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 about East Hampton Authors Night and summarized three new releases, including Emma Reyes' "The Book of Emma Reyes," (translated by Daniel Alarcón), Ladee Hubbard's "The Talented Ribkins," and David Thomson's "Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio," for Newsday. 

NBCC board member and senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Laurie Hertzel reviewed the debut novel, “The Misfortune of Marion Palm,” by Emily Culliton. In her weekly column, she wrote about three memoirs on dying: “The Bright Hour,” by Nina Riggs, “Dying,” by Cory Taylor, and “It’s Not Yet Dark,” by Simon Fitzmaurice.

NBCC board member Katherine A. Powers reviewed Harvey Markel's "The Kellogs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek," for Newsday.

National Book Critics Circle 2017 Emerging Critics Fellow, Yalie Kamara reckons with the notion of duality in her new chapbook, “When the Living Sing,” which was recently reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Former NBCC board member Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Robert Haas' "A Little Book on Form" and Louise Glück's "American Originality," for the New York Times. 

Former NBCC board member Gregg Barrios reviewed the touring production of the 2015 Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, based on the NBCC award-winning book by Alison Bechdel. 

Julia M. Klein reviews Alexandra Silber's "After Anatevka," for Forward.

Jonathan Russell Clark reviewed Rachel Khong's "Goodbye, Vitamin," for the Columbus Dispatch. 

Paul Wilner interviewed Scott Spencer about his new novel, "River Under The Road,'' for ZYZZVA magazine. He also wrote a mid-summer reading roundup and a Henry Miller appraisal for the Monterey County Weekly.

Diane La Rue reviewed J. Courtney Sullivan's "Saints for All Occasions and Jane Green's "The Sunshine Sisters," for the Auburn Citizen.

Lanie Tankard reviewed "Moonbath" by Yanick Lahens for The Woven Tale Press.

Elizabeth Lund reviewed Jill Bialosky's "Poetry Will Save Your Life"  for the Washington Post. 

David L. Ulin wrote about identifying as a Californian for the Los Angeles Times.  

Maureen Corrigan reviewed Lauren Shapiro's "What She Ate" for NPR. 

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed "The Only Café," a new novel by Linden MacIntyre for The Globe and Mail.

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