August, 2017

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.

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.​ We love full 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.

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.

Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items, including new 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.​


Anjali Enjeti's reviews and essays about books have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Star Tribune, The Guardian, Literary Hub, Atlanta Magazine and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction in the Etowah Valley MFA program at Reinhardt University and is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival Event! Plus The Lauras, Mrs. Fletcher & More

by Daisy Fried | Aug-07-2017

Save the Date!

At Home in the World: On Writing, Immigration, and Belonging
A National Book Critics Circle panel at the Center for Fiction
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7 pm.
Center for Fiction
17 East 47th Street, New York, NY

Authors Rumaan Alam, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Garnette Cadogan, Rigoberto Gonzalez, & Porochista Khakpour discuss immigration, Brooklyn/New York as a global center,and finding home as a writer. Moderated by NBCC board member Walton Muyumba. Reception to follow.

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

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NBCC member Rayyan Al-Shawaf looks at Graeme Wood’s The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Former NBCC board member Colette Bancroft has reviewed new books by Tom Perrotta, Sherman Alexie and Sarah Schmidt for the Tampa Bay Times

 Zhang, Gelman, Fitzmaurice: What’s new from NBCC Board Member and past president Tom Beer of Newsday.

NBCC member Robert Birnbaum and cohort’s writing on politics, baseball and much more are live at Our Man in Boston.

NBCC VP/Online chair Jane Ciabattari's BBC Culture column features three first novels, new work from Claire Messud and Kamila Shamsie, and Matthew Zapruder's Why Poetry, among others. She also moderated "The Legacy of Juan Rulfo" with panelists Mauro Javier Cardenas, Enrique Chagoya, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Guadalupe Nettel and Aura Xilonen at the Bay Area Book Festival. Watch here!

As the 20th anniversary of the publication of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent approaches, NBCC member Erika Dreifus revisits the novel and references some of the Bible-inspired fiction that has followed, for JTA.

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviewed Sara Taylor's The Lauras for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

NBCC member Joan Silverman reviews Tom Perrotta’s new novel Mrs. Fletcher for the Portland Press Herald.

Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items, including new 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.​


Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry, poetry editor of the journal Scoundrel Time, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle board

SAVE THE DATE: At Home in the World: NBCC Brooklyn Bookfair Bookend at the Center for Fiction

by Jane Ciabattari | Aug-01-2017

 

At Home in the World: On Writing, Immigration, and Belonging

A National Book Critics Circle panel at the Center for Fiction

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7 pm.

Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY

Authors Rumaan Alam, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Garnette Cadogan, Rigoberto Gonzalez, & Porochista Khakpour discuss immigration, Brooklyn/New York as a global center,and finding home as a writer. Moderated by NBCC board member Walton Muyumba. Reception to follow.

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

 

July, 2017

Critical Notes: Big Changes at the New York Times, and Other Book Reviewing News

by Daisy Fried | Jul-31-2017

Big news in the book world: New York Times long-time chief book reviewer Michiko Kakatuni has stepped down. Parul Sehgal, ​2010 NBCC Nona Balakian Citation winner, will assume the post.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Gabe Habash's novel Stephen Florida ​for the Star Tribune.

Former NBCC board member Gregg Barrios is a 2017 NEH Harvard Fellow at the Hutchins Center, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. director. He is also working on a new play under the auspices of Harvard's American Repertory Theater.

Former NBCC president (and current board member) Tom Beer ​on what's new in fiction and non-fiction for ​Newsday.

Former NBCC board member David Biespiel​'s forthcoming memoir, ​The Education of a Young Poet, ​has received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly as well as praise from Kirkus.

NBCC VP/Online chair Jane Ciabattari's weekly Literary Hub column features reviews by NBCC president Kate Tuttle, former NBCC president John Freeman (both writing about NBCC nonfiction winner Svetlana Alexievich's Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of Nuclear Disaster), and also by former NBCC board members Mark Athitakis and Megan O'Grady:

Maureen Corrigan on Lawrence P. Jackson's new Chester B. Himes ​bio for NPR.

NBCC board member ​Daisy Fried ​reviews poet Adam Zagajewski's new book of prose, Slight Exaggeration, ​for the New York Times.

Steven G. Kellman ​reviews David Samuel Levinson's novel Tell Me How This Ends Well ​for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Julia M. Klein reviews Monica Hesse's American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land ​for the Chicago Tribune.

Daniel Mendelsohn ​discusses Colm Toibin's new novel House of Names ​in the New Yorker, and the fiction of Sybille Bedford for the Paris Review. Mendelsohn has written an introdcution for the reissue of new of Bedford's novels.

Joe Peschel reviews David Abrams' Brave Deeds in the Raleigh News & Observer.

​NBCC board member Marion Winik ​reviews Tom Perrotta's new novel Mrs. Fletcher, ​for Newsday.

Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items, including new 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.​


Daisy Fried is a freelance book critic and the author of three books of poetry, most recently Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice. She is a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and the poetry editor of Scoundrel Time, an online literary and political journal.

Wrap up July with books from Edwidge Danticat, Elena Ferrante, and more

by Anjali Enjeti | Jul-24-2017

NBCC board member Tom Beer summarizes this week's new books for Newsday.

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn reviewed Richard Laurie's "Putin: His Downfall and Russia's Coming Crash," Fred Kaplan's “Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War,” and Flip Springer's “History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town,” for the Seattle Times.

David Cooper reviewed Joshua Cohen's "Moving Kings," for the New York Journal of Books. 

Carolyn Kellogg wrapped up the week in books for the Los Angeles Times. 

Leah Mirakhor reviewed Edwidge Danticat's "The Art of Death," for the Los Angeles Times. 

Pricilla Gilman reviewed Samantha Hunt's "The Dark, Dark," for the Boston Globe.

Meredith Maren reviewed Julie Klam's "The Stars in Our Eyes," for the Chicago Tribune.

Heller McAlphin reviewed Tamara Shopsin's "Arbitrary Stupid Goal," for NPR.

Jonathan Russell Clark reviewed Gabe Habash's "Stephen Florida," for the New York Times. 

Paul Wilner reviewed Ann Beattie's "The Accomplished Guest," for ZYZZYVA. 

Carmela Ciurara reviewed Andrew Sean Greer's "Less" for the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Maureen Corrigan discussed Lynn Reed's "The Last Laugh" and Matthew Klam's "Who is Rich?" on NPR and reviewed Ruth Ware's, "The Lying Game" for the Washington Post.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed Bianca Marais' "Hum If You Don't Know The Words," for the Toronto Star. 

For the San Francisco Chronicle, Joan Frank reviewed Jesse Chaffee's "Florence in Ecstacy."

Natalie Bakopoulos reviewed Elena Ferrante's "Frantumaglia," translated by Ann Goldstein, for The Kenyon Review.

Joe Peschel reviewed Jesús Carrasco's "Out in the Open," for the Raleigh News and Observer. 

For The London Magazine, Hélène Cardona reviewed Stephen Yenser's "Stone Fruit."

Hamilton Cain reviewed Mary Gordon's "There Your Heart Lies," for Oprah magazine. 

And in other news:

NBCC board member Michele Filgate wrote about the new female Dr. Who for CNN.

Winner of the NBCC award for her poetry collection, "Elegy," Mary Jo Bang published a poem, "The Chess Set on a Table Between Two Chairs," in the New York Times. 

NBCC Balakian winner Michael Gorra previewed "Henry James and American Painting," at the The Morgan Library and Museum for the New York Review of Books. 

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's reviews and essays about books have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Star Tribune, The Guardian, Literary Hub, Atlanta magazine and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction in the Etowah Valley MFA program at Reinhardt University.

NBCC/Zyzzyva Party in San Francisco July 24

by Admin | Jul-17-2017

Coming up: 

The seventh annual National Book Critics Circle/Zyzzyva cocktail party, hosted by NBCC VP and former President Jane Ciabattari and Zyzzyva's Editor in Chief Laura Cogan and Managing Editor (and former NBCC board member) Oscar Villalon. Join us for toasts--including our new emerging critics program--and literary conversation.

When: Monday, July 24, at 6 pm.

Where: The Mechanics Institute building, 57 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco, CA

RSVP: janeciab@gmail.com


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