Critical Notes

September, 2018

Ron Charles, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, and Tsitsi Dangarembga

by Taylor Anhalt | Sep-16-2018

Reviews & Interviews Fran Bigman interviews former NBCC board member Laura Miller in the latest addition to the NBCC  Craft of Criticism series. Ian »

Gary Shteyngart, Football Books, and Stephen King

by Taylor Anhalt | Sep-10-2018

Coming up Friday, September 14, at Poets House: NBCC's official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event, Is the Poet the New Public Intellectual? moderated »

Fall Books, Everyday People and Knausgaard

by Elizabeth Taylor | Sep-03-2018

NBCC VP/Online and past PresidentJane Ciabattari's September BBC Culture column features fiction by Gary Shtyngart, Deborah Eisenberg, Abby Geni and »

August, 2018

Seuss, Coulter, Kwon, and More…

by Victoria Chang | Aug-27-2018

This week, the NBCC launched its first-ever fundraising campaign and we're off to a great start!  Your donation will help us maintain and upgrade »

Donald Trump, Omarosa, and a whole lot more

by Laurie Hertzel | Aug-20-2018

  But first, some important and very good news: We’ve got some exciting news. The link to our Google spreadsheet with more than 60 book »

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Arjun Singh Sethi, Philippe Costamagna, and more

by Victoria Chang | Aug-13-2018

Jenny Bhatt reviewed Stephanie Rosenbloom's "Alone Time" for Popmatters. Jane Ciabattari recommended ten books to read in August for BBC Culture. »

Library Lions, Laura van den Berg, and R. O. Kwon

by Taylor Anhalt | Aug-06-2018

This week's Craft of Criticism interview is with NBCC VP/Awards Yahdon Israel. Reviews Ron Slate reviewed Rebecca Makkai’s novel “The Great Believers” »

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