Seuss, Coulter, Kwon, and More…

by Victoria Chang | Aug-27-2018

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Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed Hanan al-Shaykh's "The Occasional Virgin" for The Millions.

Wayne Catan reviewed Scott Donaldson's "The Paris Husband: How it Really Was for Ernest and Hadley Hemingway" for the Idaho Statesman and Ottessa Moshfegh's "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" for The Millions.

Victoria Chang reviewed Diane Seuss's book of poems, "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl" for the Los Angeles Times.

Jane Ciabattari was in conversation about five books about Individuality and Identity, with chief judge of this year's Man Booker Prize, former head of PEN ,NYTimes magazine ethics columnist and author of The Lies that Bind  Kwame Anthony Appiah in Lit Hub.

Katharine Coldiron reviewed Kristi Coulter's "Nothing Good Can Come from This" for the Chicago Review of Books, Tsitsi Dangarembga's "This Mournable Body" for the Masters Review, and Mara Altman's "Gross Anatomy" for BUST.

Paul W. Gleason reviewed Julie Schumacher's "The Shakespeare Requirement" for the Los Angeles Times.

Mary Ann Gwinn reviewed three biographies: “Ninety-nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret,” “The Pope Who Would Be King,” and “American Eden” for The Seattle Times.

Laurie Hertzel reviewed Shaun Bythell’s memoir, “A Diary of a Bookseller” for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  She also wrote her weekly column off the study that reveals teen reading is dropping sharply.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson reviewed Stephen Markley's "Ohio" for The Washington Post.

Alexander Kafka reviewed Susan Froderberg's novel "Mysterium" for The Washington Post. 

Julia M. Klein reviewed Julia Boyd's "Travelers in the Third Reich" for the Boston Globe.

Ilana Masad reviewed R.O. Kwon's "The Incendiaries" for the the Los Angeles Times and Lisa Locascio's "Open Me" for NPR.

N. Heller McAlpin reviewed Claire Tomalin’s "A Life of My Own" for the Washington Post and Jessie Greengrass’s "Sight" for NPR.

Ellen Prentiss Campbell reviewed D. Wystan Owen's "Other People's Love Affairs" for the New York Journal of Books.

Lauren Sarazen reviewed Laura van den Berg's "The Third Hotel" for the Los Angeles Review of Books and interviewed Ling Ma on "Severance" for Shondaland.

Paul Wilner reviews Seth Greenland’s “The Hazards of Good Fortune” for the San Francisco Chronicle.


The National Arts Club has an upcoming event, “The Book Review Section: An Insider’s View” on Sept. 25, focusing on the behind-the-scenes aspects as well as the formal practice of book reviewing. 

NBCC member Lisa Locascio published her debut novel "Open Me," with Grove Atlantic.

NBCC member Meredith Sue Willis has a new novel "Their Houses" published by WVU Press.

This week's NBCC Reads post on best literature in translation is  Brendan Driscoll on Andrés Neuman’s "Traveler of the Century."

This week's Craft of Criticism interview is with NBCC Balakian winner, the Washington Post's  Carlos Lozada.

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won The PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017, along with the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. She is a contributing editor of Copper Nickel and a poetry editor at Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches at Antioch University’s MFA program in Los Angeles. You can find her at

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