Frequently Asked Questions


We have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions--if you have further questions after reviewing the list below, please contact the NBCC at membership@bookcritics.org

Category: Membership

Is NBCC membership restricted to US citizens or residents?

There are no restrictions based on citizenship or country of residency. The only requirement is that you are an active book critic for a publication in the United States. If you review for publications here, you're welcome to join. You are also welcome to become a Friend of the NBCC if you are not a critic.

How do I become a member of the NBCC or renew my current membership?

Please see our online membership registration and renewal page.
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