August, 2008


by admin | Aug-03-2008

Several weeks back the Chicago Tribune book section, edited by NBCC board member Elizabeth Taylor, took a savvy appoach to inevitable change, »

July, 2008


by admin | Jul-18-2008

In The Nation, Eric Alterman writes on the future of newspapers. “The dearth of decent ideas designed to save newspapers—or reinvent them for the digital »

Sunday Roundup

by admin | Jul-12-2008

Lara Vapnyar is one of the increasingly impressive roster of authors who have emigrated from Russia and other Eastern European countries and are »

Wednesday Roundup

by admin | Jul-09-2008

Balakian award winner Sam Anderson on “a history of hooch”: “The popular history of a humdrum object—that faddish genre in which the most boring items »

July 4th Roundup

by admin | Jul-04-2008

July 4th. A relatively somber Independence Day this year, with escalating gas prices, soaring unemployment rates (and not a few newspaper book pages »

Wednesday Roundup

by admin | Jul-02-2008

NBCC board member Art Winslow on Ethan Canin’s “America, America:”“It seems but a minor stretch—if that—to speculate that the seemingly redundant title »

June, 2008

Some Good News from

by admin | Jun-30-2008

After the gloomy notices on Friday of rumored cutbacks in book review pages in the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune—as well as the apparent demise of »

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