NBCC Events September 12-13 at the New School, in Brooklyn


National Book Critics Circle at the New School

Friday, September 12, 6-9 pm
Theresa Lang Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd
floor, New York, NY

National Book Critics Circle Panels

6 pm reception (wine and cheese)

6:30 The Flourishing Long-Form Book Review

With panelists Eric Banks, Marcela Valdes, and editors from Harper’s (Jennifer Szalai), The Nation (John Palattella),  and Virginia Quarterly Review (Ted Genoways). moderated by NBCC president Jane Ciabattari

7:30 Merging Genres
Peter Straub, prolific multiple Bram Stoker award winning author and editor of Poe’s Children: The New Horror and of the Library of America’s H.P. Lovecraft:Tales, moderates a panel on the ever shifting nature of genre. Panelists include Lev Grossman, book editor, Time magazine; Geoffrey O’Brien, poet, editor in chief, Library of America and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, and Robert Polito, editor ot the Library of America editions Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s and Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s. Polito directs the Graduate Writing Program at the New School.

National Book Critics Circle Celebrates Brooklyn Book Day Saturday, September 13, 2008 6:30 pm

National Book Critics Circle, Brooklyn Rail and Melville House invite you to an evening of literary fun and games in advance of Brooklyn Book Day

Saturday, September 13, 2008 6:30 pm
Melville House Publishing
145 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
718 722 9204

NBCC president Jane Ciabattari, Melville House publisher Dennis Loy Johnson, author and Brooklyn Rail book editor John Reed, hosts

“Name that Author,” featuring former winners and finalists of the NBCC awards in fiction, with panelists Donald Breckenridge (Author, Brooklyn Rail Fiction Editor), Brigid Hughes (A Public Space), James Marcus (NBCC board member, author and Columbia Journalism review senior editor),  Lizzie Skurnick (NPR reviewer, blogger, NBCC Board Member), and David L. Ulin (NBCC board member, author, book editor, Los Angeles Times).  Emcee: John Reed, book editor, The Brooklyn Rail, novelist, NBCC member.

Drawings for award winning books

Trains: F, A, C to first stop in Brooklyn (Dumbo). From the F train, go right down Jay Street to Plymouth, turn left on Plymouth. From the A or C, walk down Washington Street to Plymouth, turn right on Plymouth to 145.


Donald Breckenride is the Fiction Editor of the Brooklyn rail, Editor of the Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006), co-editor of the InTranslation website and recently was nominated for a PEN/Nora Magid Award. He is the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella “Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998), and the novel 6/2/95 *Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). His second novel, “Arabesques for Sauquoit” is forthcoming from Autonomedia (Summer 09) and his third novel, “You Are Here,” is forthcoming from Starcherone Books Spring 09).

Jane Ciabattari is president of the National Book Critics Circle and author of the short story collection “Stealing the Fire,” (2002). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times,Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Columbia Journalism Review, Ms. magazine, KGB Bar Lit, Verbsap, Literary, The North American Review and elsewhere.

Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space. Previously, she edited The Paris Review.

Dennis Loy Johnson is the co-publisher of Melville House.

James Marcus is an NBCC board member and the author of Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Juggernaut as well as six translations from the Italian. He is currently Editor at Large at the Columbia Journalism Review and Senior Editor at

John Reed is an NBCC member and author of the novels A Still Small Voice (Delacorte), the 2004 bestseller, Snowball’s Chance (Roof), The Whole (MTV books), and the forthcoming All The World’s A Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare (Penguin/Plume, September).  He has edited the Books Section of the Brooklyn Rail since 2004.

Lizzie Skurnick is an NBCC board member and NPR “Books We Like” contributor with regular columns on vintage young adult literature on, and recent reviews and essays in Chicago Tribune and LAT. A yet untitled book focusing on classic young adult novels is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2009.

David L. Ulin is an NBCC board member and book editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of “The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith,” and editor of “Another City: Writing from Los Angeles” and “Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology,” which won a 2002 California Book Award.