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Reminder: Sign up for #NBCCLeonard Award Committee, Blog Series

by Admin | Aug-30-2016



Calling all voting members of the National Book Critics Circle. This fall you'll be nominating books for the fourth year of our #NBCCLeonard award for best first book in any genre, named for longtime critic and NBCC founding member and Sandrof award winner John Leonard. Unlike our other awards, the recipient of the Leonard Prize will be chosen by a direct vote of all NBCC members.

This year's new Leonard judging process is explained here.

NEW SERIES: #NBCCLEONARD PICKS BLOG POSTS
To generate more discussion this year, members can write a short blog post about a favorite 2016 debut for the NBCC blog, Critical Mass. If you're interested in contributing, please contact Online VP Jane Ciabattari (janeciab@gmail.com). We hope this will be a lively forum for getting the word out about John Leonard Prize contenders. And, as always, please share your suggestions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #NBCCLeonard.
 
NOMINATIONS SURVEY
In November, you'll receive an email via SurveyMonkey asking you to nominate your top 5 books for the prize. We'll compile those nominations to come up with a slate of the most nominated books.
 
NEW: LEONARD READING COMMITTEE
This year, for the first time, we're inviting members to join an all-volunteer committee of Leonard readers who commit to read the entire slate of Leonard finalists (probably 5-7 books) and vote for the winner, to be announced in January. The Leonard committee is open to any NBCC member, and there is no cap on the number of members who may join it - all are welcome. We encourage you to participate actively in this important prize, which in a few short years has achieved serious recognition in the literary world.

If you're interested in joining the Leonard committee, please email board member Dan Akst (danielakst@gmail.com), who is chairing the committee,







 

Critical Notes: Colson Whitehead, William Giraldi and Patient H.M.

by Elizabeth Taylor | Aug-29-2016

Board member Colette Bancroft reviews Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad for the Tampa Bay Times.

Mike Lindgren reviews William Giraldi’s The Hero’s Body for the Washington Post

Julia M. Klein reviews Luke Dittrich's Patient H.M. for the Boston Globe.

Joe Peschel reviews A. S. Byatt's Peacock & Vine for the News & Observer.

Frank Freeman reviews Germaine de Stael: A Political Biography by Biancamaria Fontana for Washington Free Beacon.

Rachel Mack reviews Bull and Other Stories by Kathy Anderson for Necessary Fiction.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue for the San Francisco Chronicle. 

In her series of Second Acts essays, Lisa Russ Spaar writes about books by Linda Gregerson and Rachel Richardson for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

For the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Lauren LeBlanc reviews Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi and Riverine by Angela Palm.

In other news, Fred Setterberg's Sam Maloof:  36 Views of a Master Woodworker (Heyday Books) has been selected as a finalist for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association 2016 Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture, and Photography books.

 

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, including news about recent publications and honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. (Current members only.) Please only send links that do not require a subscription or a username and password.

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