June, 2017

Critical Notes: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Sherman Alexie, and more

by Michele Filgate | Jun-26-2017

NBCC president Kate Tuttle reviews Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s “The Fact of a Body” for the Los Angeles Times.

Former NBCC board member Eric Liebetrau and current NBCC president Kate Tuttle contributed to The Boston Globe’s summer reading feature.

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviews Nina Riggs’ debut memoir, “The Bright Hour,” for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

NBCC Balakian winner Parul Sehgal reviews Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” for The Atlantic. Anita Felicelli reviews the same book for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

NBCC Emerging Critics Fellow Heather Scott Partington reviews “Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism” for the New York Times.

Joseph Peschel reviews Kathleen Flynn’s “Jane Austen Project” for the News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer.

Priscilla Gilman reviews Sherman Alexie’s “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” in the Boston Globe.

Steven G. Kellman reviews J. Robert Lennon’s “Broken River” for the San Francisco Chronicle, and has an essay on Jhumpa Lahiri writing in Italian in the New England Review.

Lisa Guidarini has joined the Glasgow Review of Books as a reviewer and essayist.

For The Jewish Week's summer books section, Erika Dreifus reviews Dorit Rabinyan's “All the Rivers,” translated by Jessica Cohen.

Jake Marmer reviews David Shapiro’s “In Memory of an Angel” for Tablet Magazine.

Robert Birnbaum suggests some books for summer reading.

Michael Berry reviews “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss for the Portland Press Herald.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviewed Angelica Baker’s debut novel, “Our Little Racket,” for the Kansas City Star

Joan Silverman reviews “The Girl of the Lake” by Bill Roorbach for the Portland Press Herald.

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, including news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and a freelance writer, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, O The Oprah Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review, and many other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Catapult and lives in Brooklyn.

Summer solstice ushers in reviews of highly anticipated books by Arundhati Roy and Roxane Gay

by Anjali Enjeti | Jun-19-2017

Reviews and interviews:

This week on Lit Hub, Jane Ciabattari, NBCC VP/Online, focused on the new Arundhati Roy and Catherine Lacey novels, an anthology edited by Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon called “Kingdom of Olives and Ash,” and more.She also captures the Bay Area Book Festival in four acts.

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn interviews Sherman Alexie for The Seattle Times about his new memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”

NBCC board member Colette Bancroft reviews Roxane Gay's memoir "Hunger" and Arundati Roy’s "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness for the Tampa Bay Times.

NBCC board member Tom Beer reviews Arundhati Roy's “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” for Newsday.

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviews Scott Gould’s “Strangers to Temptation” for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” and Camille T. Dungy’s “Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History” for the Star Tribune.

Former NBCC board member Mark Athitakis reviews Don Lee’s “Lonesome Lies Before Us” for the Washington Post.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” for San Antonio Express-News.

Karen Long reviews Roxane Gay’s “Hunger” for Newsday.

Joan Silverman reviews Ann Beattie’s “The Accomplished Guest” for the Portland Press Herald.

Carol Iacofano reviews Joseph Finder's "The Switch," Scott Turow's "Testimony" and Ben Coes' "Trap the Devil" for WBUR, as well as Elizabeth Strout's "Anything is Possible" for WBUR.

Lanie Tankard reviews "The Tower of the Antilles" by Achy Obejas for The Woven Tale Press. 

Laverne Frith reviews  Charles Simic's "Scribbled in the Dark" for the New York Journal of Books. 

V. Joshua Adams reviews “First Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg,” edited by Michael Schumaker for PopMatters.

Dianne Scharper reviews "All the Rivers" by Dorit Rabinyan for The Weekly Standard. 

Maureen Corrigan reviews Maile Meloy’s “Do Not Be Alarmed” for NPR. 

Carl Rollyson reviews Mary V. Dearborn’s “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography” for the San Francisco Chronicle.

For Slate, Ismail Muhammad reviews Teju Cole’s book of photography, “Blind Spot.”

For The Millions, David Nilsen reviews “Priestdaddy” by Patricia Lockwood.

Meg Waite Clayton reviews “Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge,” by Helen Rapport for the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Marcie Geffner interviews author Lee Daniel Kravetz about his book, “Strange Contagion.”

And in other exciting booknews:

Author of the NBCC-award winning “The Lost,” Daniel Mendelsohn, has a forthcoming memoir, “An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic” that will be published in September.

Critic Maureen Corrigan was the featured critic in Ploughshares, “The Readers Series.”

NBCC award-winning author Leanne Shapton’s new book, “Was She Pretty,” was reviewed in Pop Matters. 

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, including news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Anjali Enjeti is a freelance critic, essayist and journalist. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Star Tribune, Vice, NPR, NBC, The Guardian, Washington Post, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives near Atlanta, teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University, and can be found on Twitter @anjalienjeti.

Differing views on David Sedaris and other news from the world of criticism

by Laurie Hertzel | Jun-02-2017

Reviews and other writings:

NBCC VP/Online Jane Ciabattari's May 30 Lit Hub column includes tributes to Denis Johnson and buzz about the new Arundhati Roy novel.

NBCC board members Tom Beer, Marion Winik and Katherine A. Powers contributed to Newsday's roundup of best audiobook titles, including Katie Kitamura's "A Separation," David Grann's "Killers of the Flower Moon," and Viet Thanh Nguyen's "The Sympathizer." 

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviewed Lisa Ko's "The Leavers" for the Star Tribune and interviewed An Tran about his debut collection, "Meditations on the Mother Tongue," for Brooklyn Magazine 

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn reviews “Churchill and Orwell” by Thomas Ricks for the Los Angeles Times. 

NBCC board member Laurie Hertzel reviewed David Sedaris' diaries, "Theft by Finding," for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she is the senior editor for books. She also wrote her weekly column about keeping -- or not keeping -- a book journal.

NBCC board member Marion Winik reviews David Sedaris for Newday, and has a different take on it than Hertzel.

David Cooper reviewed “The Journal of Albion Midnight,” by Kenneth Patchen, in New York Journal of Books.

Heather Scott Partington reviewed Courtney Maum's novel, “Touch,” for Electric Literature.

Anita Felicelli has reviewed Laleh Khadivi's "A Good Country” for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ron Slate has written about Madison Smartt Bell’s new novel “Behind The Moon.”

 Paul Wilner reviews "Lost Addresses: New and Selected Poems'' by the late Diann Blakely and "Life In Suspension - La Vie Suspendo'' for Zyzzyva magazine. Both are from Salmon Poetry, in Ireland.

Dean Rader reviews "Rilke Shake" by Angelica Freitas for the Kenyon Review.

Former board member and Balakian recipient Steven G. Kellman reviewed Colm Toibin’s “House of Names” for Barnes and Noble.He also reviews "The Schooldays of Jesus," by J.M. Coetzee, for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Julia M. Klein reviews Victor Ripp's "Hell's Traces" for the Forward.

Cliff Garstang reviews “Village,” by Stanley Crawford, in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Michael Lindgren writes for the Washington Post about "In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs."

Michael Berry has reviewed "New York 2140," by Kim Stanley Robinson, and a roundup of fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. He also reviewed Paul Theroux's "Motherland" for the Portland, Maine, Press-Herald.

Jenny Yacovissi reviewed David J. Garrow’s "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama," for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Diane Scharper reviews "The Hundred Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey," by Dawn Anahid MacKeen, for National Catholic Reporter.

Joseph Peschel reviews Tracy Chevalier's "New Boy" in the Raleigh News and Observer.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed "Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life," edited and with an introduction by Jim Al-Khalili, for the Christian Science Monitor.

And, in other fabulous news:
Hélène Cardona reports that her book, "Life in Suspension," has won the 2017 Independent Book Award in Poetry.

Dean Rader's recent collection of poems, "Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry," is reviewed in The San Francisco Chronicle, Publisher's Weekly, The Rumpus, and other publications.

Former NBCC board member and criticism finalist Stephen Burt has a new poem in the New Yorker.

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

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a member of the NBCC board.

May, 2017

Coming up During BEA Week: NBCC Membership Meeting, Beyond the Buzz Panel

by Admin | May-24-2017

The National Book Critics Circle's annual General Membership Meeting, which coincides with this year's Book Expo America. The meeting is open to all members, but is not required.
When: May 31, 2017, from 10 a.m.-12.

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street,New York, NY 10017

 

National Book Critics Circle's 'Beyond the Buzz: Finding Hidden Gems from Small Press Books to Translations and More"

When: June 1, 2017, 4 pm.

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017. Wine reception to follow with wine courtesy Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Moderated by board member Michele Filgate, and with panelists Julian Lucas and Nicole Lamy from The New York Times, Carlos Lozada (winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing), and Bethanne Patrick (NBCC board member and contributing editor to Literary Hub).

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Refinery29, Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and Catapult and is the founder of the Red Ink series. 

Nicole Lamy is a writer and critic and the Match Book columnist for the New York Times. She is the former books editor of the Boston Globe.

Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post and an adjunct professor of journalism with the University of Notre Dame. At the Post he has also overseen coverage of economics, national security, and the Sunday Outlook opinion section. Previously, he was managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. In 2016 he received the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

Julian Lucas is associate editor of Cabinet and a contributing writer at The New York Times Book Review. His essays on fiction, art, poetry, and games examine the representation of American history in contemporary culture. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Cabinet, and The New York Review of Books.

Bethanne Patrick is a writer, journalist, critic, and author, best known online as "The Book Maven" and the creator of the popular #FridayReads social-media meme, once nominated for a Mashable Award. Her book reviews appear regularly in The Washington Post and on NPR Books, and have also been published in O the Oprah Magazine, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and on AOL, where she was the Books Editor for three years. Patrick is the author of An Uncommon History of Common Things (with John Thompson), An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy, and editor of the recent anthology The Books That Changed My Life: 100 Reflections from Authors, Artists, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People. Her essays have appeared in VQR Online, Club Mid, Elle.com, and more, while her book lists and author interviews appear weekly at The Literary Hub, where she is a contributing editor. She is a member of The Authors Guild and a board member of The National Book Critics Circle. Patrick is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master's in English from The University of Virginia.


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GONE FISHING

by Admin | May-23-2017

Critical Notes will return next week.....

 


May showers readers with audio books by Alec Baldwin and Sarah Dunant, book to film deals, and more

by Anjali Enjeti | May-15-2017

May Day! May Day! These releases will save you from bad reality television and boredom.

NBCC board member and Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers preferred the audiobook to the memoir of Alec Baldwin’s Nevertheless, and also reviewed the audiobooks of Sarah Dunant’s In the Name of the Family and Yewande Omotoso’s The Woman Next Door for The Washington Post.

For NPR, Maureen Corrigan reviewed Rakesh Satyal’s No One Can Pronounce My Name.

Michael Lindgren explored the difference between song lyrics and poetry in a review of Adam Bradley’s The Poetry of Pop for the Washington Post.

Lanie Tankard reviewed James Kelman’s Dirt Road for The Woven Tale Press, and Ruth Gilligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan for World Literature Today.

For Forward, Julie M. Kline reviewed The Longest Night by Otto de Kat, translated by Laurie Wilkinson.

Also for Forward, former NBCC board member and Balakian recipient Steven G. Kellman reviewd Dorit Rabinyan’s All the Rivers.

Jonathan Russell Clark reviewed Kristen Radtke's Imagine Wanting Only This for Fiction Advocate.

Rebecca Kightlinger reviewed four novels for the May 2017 Historical Novels Review, including Roads by Marina Antropow Cramer, Defectors by Joseph Kanon, A Fortune Foretold by Agneta Pleijel, translated by Marlaine Delargy, and Dido's Crown by Julie K. Rose.

For her Between the Lines column for BBC Culture, NBCC VP/Online and former president Jane Ciabattari picks new books by Lisa Ko, Charmaine Craig, Patricia Lockwood and Barbara Gowdy. Her Literary Hub weekly column features new memoirs from NBCC fiction winner Richard Ford and NYTBR book czarina Pamela Paul and gives a shout-out to NBCC fiction finalist Colson Whitehead.

Anjali Enjeti reviewed Bryn Chancellor’s Sycamore for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Iowa Writers Workshop shines a light on the successes of their alumni, including Adam Haslett, a finalist for the NBCC's fiction award for Imagine Me Gone, and Yaa Gyasi, recipient of the NBCC’s John Leonard prize for best first book, Homegoing, (which she wrote while at the Workshop). Longtime workshop faculty member Marilynne Robinson won two NBCC fiction awards for Gilead and Lila, and her book Home was an NBCC finalist.  

Lights! Camera! Action! Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by NBCC finalist Kevin Boyle, will be made into a film.

Audible released winner of three National Book Critics Circle awards Richard A. Caro’s On Power.

Don't forget the NBCC Beyond the Buzz panel at Center for Fiction June 1, with moderator Michele Filgate, panelists Nicole Lamy, Carlos Lozada, Julian Lucas, Bethanne Patrick.       

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


Anjali Enjeti is a freelance critic, essayist and journalist. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Star Tribune, Vice, NPR, NBC, The Guardian, Washington Post, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives near Atlanta, teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University, and can be found on Twitter @anjalienjeti.

Galloping into Summer Reading with Russo, Ford and More

by Elizabeth Taylor | May-09-2017

The Kentucky Derby has been run, the Preakness Stakes is coming up and the stampede of summer books begins.

For the Portland Press Herald, Michael Berry reviewed Richard Russo's Trajectory and also Richard Ford's Between Them.

David Walton reviewed The Kingdom by Emmanuel Carrère for the Dallas Morning News.

For New York Journal of Books, Laverne Frith reviewed Jorie Graham's Fast: Poems

Jim Ruland reviewed Meg Howrey's The Wanderers for San Diego CityBeat.

C.M. Mayo reviewed Bitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos River by Patrick Dearen for Literal Magazine.

NBCC Board Member Mary Ann Gwinn interviewed Elizabeth Strout about her new novel Anything Is Possible for the Seattle Times.

NBCC board member Laurie Hertzel reviewed two graphic-novel memoirs for the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This, and Gabrielle Bell’s Everything is Flammable.  

Former NBCC president Laurie Muchnick wrote about Sandrof Awardee Margaret Atwood's 'moment' for Kirkus Reviews.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviewed Lisa Ko's The Leavers in the Kansas City Star.

Nathaniel Popkin reviewed Moving the Palace by Charif Majdalani in the Wall Street Journal  and for LitHub wrote about the literature of the refugee experience, particularly Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli and Dreams and Nightmares translated and edited by Mark Lyons.

Awards: The winners of the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards are Alejandra Pizarnik's Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962-1972 and in fiction, Lúcio Cardoso's Chronicle of the Murdered House. Fiction judge and NBCC board member Lori Feathers reviewed Cardoso’s novel earlier this year. 

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.


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