May, 2019

Critical Notes: Wordplay, Amy Hempel, and Fernando A. Flores

by admin | May-20-2019

NBCC board president Laurie Hertzel reviewed Mary Miller's novel Biloxi for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she is senior editor for books. (It's about...read »

Critical Notes: David Sedaris, Julie Orringer, and Two Upcoming NBCC Events!

by Mark Athitakis | May-13-2019

A Quick Reminder About Sustainers If you or someone you know wants to support the NBCC’s efforts but isn't a member, we’ve recently launched the Sustainer...read »

Revolution, Ali Smith and Reviews and Conversations From the NBCC

by Carolyn Kellogg | May-06-2019

Why do we delight in fictions created from the French Revolution? Tobias Carroll explores the frisson of fervor or schadenfreude (is there a French word for...read »

April, 2019

Sally Rooney is everywhere and other news from the NBCC

by Laurie Hertzel | Apr-29-2019

Sally Rooney. Photo by Jonny L. Davies. REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS For the Washington Post, Lauren Sarazen reviewed the book that everyone on both sides of...read »

The Latest From Our Critics: Ian McEwan, Zelda Fitzgerald and Good News for Bookstores

by Carolyn Kellogg | Apr-22-2019

NBCC members: Send us your stuff! Your work can be highlighted in this roundup; please send links to new reviews, features and other literary pieces, or...read »

Critical Notes: The Sandrof Award, Susan Choi, Miram Toews, and More

by admin | Apr-15-2019

We Need Your Help Selecting the Next Sandrof Award Honoree Each year, the NBCC board selects a person or institution to win the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime...read »

Critical Notes: Ingmar Bergman’s Novels; Édouard Louis’ ‘Who Killed My Father’

by David Varno | Apr-07-2019

First, Some News About a New Way to Support the NBCC's Mission: The National Book Critics Circle is thrilled to announce the creation of a new partnership...read »

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