Critical Notes

Around the World With the NBCC 7


Former NBCC finalist Steven Pinker—a panelist at the Cambridge Good Reads eventtalks to a sharp student from the Crimson, answering questions about the methodology of voting on books.

Ex NBCC board member Peder Zane sits down to talk to recent finalist Philip Gura about the religious roots of transcendentalism, and other light topics.

Bill Moyers did a segment asking people which book the next American president should read—and Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, which has appeared on both the Best Recommended and the Good Reads lists—turned up, among other books.

Also out of Tar Heel territory: former NBCC finalist Timothy B. Tyson’s “Blood Done Sign My Name” will be made into a movie (thanks for correcting the typo Colleen!) by the fellow who wrote “Die Hard.”

Board member Jennifer Reese outs herself as a Scottish crime fiction addict.

On Thursday this week you can hear Gary Shteyngart and former NBCC finalist (in poetry) Anne Winters reading at Hunter College. Reservations required (212.772.4007)

NBCC winner Alice Munro—the last short story writer to win our fiction prize (for The Love of a Good Woman)—keeps saying she is done writing stories, but she has a new one in the New Yorker this week.

Jeremy Dauber reviews Gentleman of the Road, the latest novel by former NBCC finalist Michael Chabon.