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Critical Notes: Judith Miller, Ross Macdonald, Toni Morrison, T.C. Boyle, Ali Smith, and more

by Eric Liebetrau | Apr-27-2015

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Anne Payne reviews George Hodgman’s "Bettyville."

Maureen Corrigan examines a "Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction."

At the Minneapolis Star-Tribue, Ellen Akins reviews Toni Morrison's "God Help the Child."

Cliff Garstang reviews Darrin Doyle's "The Dark Will End the Dark."

David Biespiel and Rigoberto Gonzalez on "The Fate of the Writer."

Julia M. Klein reviews Judith Miller's "My Story" for Columbia Journalism Review. She also reviews Richard Reeves's "Infamy" for the Boston Globe. In addition, Klein reviews Richard J. Evans's "The Third Reich in History and Memory" for the Jewish Daily Forward.

Michael Magras reviews T.C. Boyle's new novel, "The Harder They Come."

Antonio Tabucchi's "Time Ages In a Hurry: Stories," reviewed by John Domini.

Michelle Newby reviews Chris Cander's "Whisper Hollow."

Larry Smith reviews "The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path."

In the New York Journal of Books, David Cooper reviews "Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere" by Georges Perec.

Linda Simon, interviewed in Bloom magazine.

Nathaniel Popkin reviews Ali Smith's "How to Be Both."

Laurie Hertzel: "Per Petterson on writing, translating, and his reluctance to revise." Hertzel also interviews Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique's Journey."

Mythili Rao reviews "The Folded Clock: A Diary" by Heidi Julavits and "Ongoingness: The End of a Diary" by Sarah Manguso in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Christi Clancy reviews Jane Smiley's "Early Warning."

President’s Message: NBCC Membership Events, May 27, 2015

by Tom Beer | Apr-24-2015

Dear NBCC members,

The National Book Critics Circle reading and awards ceremony, held March 11-12, were a great success-with good attendance and widespread media coverage.  At the March 13 meeting of the new board, I was elected president, and I look forward to serving the National Book Critics Circle over the next two years. 

Looking ahead, this year's membership meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, the first day of BEA. We have a number of activities planned:

8:30 - 10 a.m. Breakfast with the Publishers Publicity Association at Hachette, 1290 Avenue of the Americas. Coffee and bagels, and the opportunity to meet and network with publicists and other NBCC members.

11 a.m. General Membership meeting at the Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St., 6th floor.

Items on the agenda include discussion of the  bookcritics.org website. Please bring questions, concerns, and suggestions about NBCC membership.

2 p.m. Panel: NBCC board member Walton Muyumba leads a conversation about racial and gender representation in book reviewing. At the Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St., 2nd floor.

Among the questions we'll engage are: what do the VIDA numbers explain about the health of American publishing? Does the American reading public actually benefits from gender and racial parity in publishing? And should books review editors and book reviewers worry about sociological concerns like gender and racial diversity? 

7:30-9:30 pm Cocktail Party at the Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St., 2nd floor.

If you are planning to attend the membership meeting, please email me at tomnbeer@aol.com and put "NBCC Meeting" in the subject line. You will receive separate invitations via Paperless Post to the breakfast and the cocktail party. I hope you can join us for some or all of the day's events, and I look forward to seeing many of you there.


 

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