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Critical Notes: Jon Krakauer, Elif Shafak, Ron Padgett, Jillian Lauren, Aleksandar Hemon, and more

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Kerri Arsenault writes about Edwidge Danticat, Luc Sante, Michael Ondaatje, and others.

"Why Whole Foods Is Popping Up In Novels," by Adam Kirsch.

Clifford Garstang reviews "What is Visible" by Kimberly Elkins.

Julie Hakim Azzam reviews Elif Shafak's novel "The Architect's Apprentice" for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Howard Lovy reviews "The Marion Experiment: Long-Term Solitary Confinement and the Supermax Movement."

At Kirkus.com, Megan Labrise interviews investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook ("Tomatoland," 2011). His latest is "Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat."

Margot Mifflin reviews "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker," by Thomas Kunkel.

"Brief Inner Happiness": NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire.

Anne Payne reviews "Missoula" by Jon Krakauer.

Gregory Wilkin reviews Joel Samuel Stames' "Red Dirt."

"Rats Build Their Labyrinth: Oulipo in the 21st Century," by Michael Leong.

Laverne Frith reviews "Alone and Not Alone" by Ron Padgett.

"Mark Rothko's tortured, brilliant life explored in new biography," by Angie Jabine.

John Domini reviews Andrew Ervin's "Burning Down George Orwell's House." Domini also reviews Amelia Gray's "Gutshot."

Robert Birnbaum interviews Philip Kerr.

Marian Ryan reviews Sara Bladel's Danish thriller "The Lost Girls."

Michelle Huneven’s "Off Course," reviewed by Lori Feathers.

Michelle Newby reviews Merritt Tierce's "Love Me Back," as well as James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods.

Piali Roy reviews "Discontent and Its Civilizations" by Mohsin Hamid. Roy also reviews "Nothing Like Love" by Sabrina Ramnanan. In addition, Roy reviews Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel, "The Fishermen."

Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry by Rae Armantrout and Ye Chun," by Lisa Russ Spaar.

Michael Magras reviews Ken Kalfus' latest.

Daniel Dyer on Zachary Leader's impeccably researched first volume of "The Life of Saul Bellow."

Through two recent films, Daniel Mendelsohn examines how our robot fantasies derive from Homer.

Meredith Maran reviews Jillian Lauren's "Everything You Ever Wanted."

Karl Wolff reviews "History of Joseph Smith by His Mother," by Lucy Mack Smith.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Aleksandar Hemon's novel "The Making of Zombie Wars."

"'Re Jane' cleverly recasts Jane Eyre as a Korean American from Queens," by Terry Hong.

NBCC Board member and 2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers reviews "The Fishermen" by Chigozie Obioma. Powers also reviews Kate Atkinson's "A God in Ruins."

NBCC Panel May 27: Race, Gender and Book Reviews

by Admin | May-13-2015


Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 2 p.m.
The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St., 2nd Floor
 
NBCC Panel: "Race, Gender, and Book Reviews"
NBCC board member Walton Muyumba leads a conversation about racial and gender representation in book reviewing. 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 benefit from gender and racial parity in publishing? And should book review editors and book reviewers worry about sociological concerns like gender and racial diversity?
 
Walton Muyumba, moderator
Muyumba's essays and reviews have appeared in Oxford American, The Crisis, NPR Books, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  He’s the author of "The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism" (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2009).  He is an associate professor of American and African Diaspora literature in the English Department at Indiana University-Bloomington.
 
Hawa Allan, panelist
Allen writes fiction and criticism. Her essays have appeared in "Best African American Essays" and Tricycle magazine, where she is a contributing editor. She’s published fiction in Transition: An International Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Amazon's literary magazine, Day One, and the Chicago Tribune's literary supplement, Printers Row Journal. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia Law School, Allan practices law and has been a fellow at Columbia’s Center for the Study of Law and Culture.
 
Alexander Chee, panelist
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a recipient of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He is the curator of Dear Reader at Ace Hotel NY, and a contributing editor at Literary Hub. He lives in New York City. 


Miriam Markowitz, panelist
Markowitz is deputy literary editor of The Nation and a board member of the NBCC. She was previously an editor of Harper’s Magazine and Viet Nam News in Hanoi. Her essay “Here Comes Everybody” examines some of the root causes of gender imbalance in magazine and book publishing.
 
Parul Sehgal, panelist
Sehgal is an editor at the New York Times Book Review. She is the recipient of the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle, and her work appears in the New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Tin House, and the Literary Review, among other publications. She has been a speaker at TED and is currently teaching at Columbia University.
 
 

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