Reminder: NBCC Membership Meeting, May 28, 2014

by Jane Ciabattari | May-27-2014


NBCC at BEA Schedule for May 28

8:30 - 10AM
AAP/NBCC Breakfast
Random House Building, 1745 Broadway.
NBCC members will be getting a separate invitation to this event. Please RSVP when it arrives.

Membership Meeting
Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street.
Items on the agenda include a review of the first year of the John Leonard Prize.

Panel: What's Not to Like? On "Unlikeable" Characters in Contemporary Fiction
Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street.
The issue of whether characters in fiction should be likeable - and readers' and reviewers' resistance to unlikable characters - has gotten a lot of attention this year; especially, it seems, in regard to fiction written by women. What obligation, if any, do writers have toward their readers in creating sympathetic characters? How does "likeability" affect the writing of criticism, if at all? What is the role of empathy in fiction? Is it problematic or reasonable to read with the expectation of "identifying" or "relating to" the characters we encounter? What's so bad about a happy ending?

Zoë Heller, journalist and author of "Notes on a Scandal" and other novels.
Elissa Schappell, NBCC board member, Vanity Fair columnist and author of "Blueprints for Building Better Girls"
J. Courtney Sullivan, author of "The Engagements" and other novels.
Carmela Ciuraru (moderator), NBCC board member and author of "Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms"

7:30 -9:30PM
Gala Party.
Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street.
RSVP required; space is limited and NBCC members have priority.

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