National Book Critics Circle Membership Meeting, March 11, 2010

By Jane Ciabattari

Annual NBCC Membership Meeting, March 11, 10:00 am-12:30  The New School. The Lang
Center, 55 West 13th Street.  Lunch afterward at Cafe Loup (tickets here).



10 am. Membership meeting.

10:30 am: Advanced Social Media for Book Critics and Others in the Book Biz

Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Journalism
School & contributing editor,

Already comfortable on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Time to take it
your social-media skills to the next level. This special, advanced
social-media class is designed to help you make the most of social-
media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. You will be
expected to know all the basics and be ready to dive into a session
filled with practical, actionable tips.

SREE SREENIVASAN is a tech evangelist and skeptic (he can explain how
he's both) specializing in explaining technology to non-techies.He is
a professor and dean of students affairs at Columbia University's
Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches in the digital media
program (he has also been teaching entrepreneurship at the J-school
and digital-media marketing for an MBA Master Class at Columbia
Business School). He is a contributing editor at, a
Manhattan-news startup he
helped launch in 2009 with Joe Ricketts, the founder of Ameritrade.

In 2009, he was named one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on
Twitter and was one of 22 professors named to the “Top 100 Twitterers
in Academia” by founding administrator of the
Online Journalism Awards at Columbia, the world's largest new-media
prizes (which are now based elsewhere), he has since been a judging
leader for the National Magazine Awards for
Digital Media for several years and is also a judge for the Shorty
Awards, which honors the best people and organizations on Twitter.You
can find him on Twitter at and on the Web



Continuing our focus on what's next for book culture, we'll listen to
a group of incoming and current board members from around the country
opine and prognosticate about where we're headed.

Incoming NBCC board member Mark Athitakis is a Washington, D.C.-based
book reviewer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post,
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Kirkus Reviews, among
other publications. Since 2008 he has operated the literary blog
American Fiction Notes ( and has
participated in book discussions hosted by Minnesota Public Radio and
American Independent Writers.

Incoming NBCC board member Colette Bancroft has taught and written
about literature for more than 35 years. She is the book editor of the
St. Petersburg Times, Florida's largest newspaper. Her beat now
includes not just reviewing books and interviewing authors, but
covering the book business and the technology — online retail, author
Web presence, e-readers — that is changing it in myriad ways.

NBCC board member Karen R. Long has served as the book editor at The
Plain Dealer in Cleveland since February 2005.  She is responsible for
directing the paper’s print and on-line book coverage, writing stories
and weekly reviews.  She has covered science, religion and medicine
for The Plain Dealer, and worked as one of its investigative
reporters.  In 2002, the Associated Press named her the best feature
writer in Ohio, and in 2006 she won the University of Missouri
Lifestyle Journalism award for best magazine profile.  She is the
mother of three children, ages 17, 20, and 22.

NBCC board member Scott McLemee writes Intellectual Affairs, a weekly
column about books and ideas, for Inside Higher Ed. His reviews and
essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The
Nation, Bookforum, Newsday, and elsewhere. He was a contributing
editor for Lingua Franca from 1995 until 2001, and the senior writer
covering the humanities for The Chronicle of Higher Educationfrom 2001
to 2005; and he won the NBCC’s Balakian Citation for Excellence in
Reviewing for 2003. He blogs at Quick Study.

NBCC board member (and former NBCC president) Elizabeth Taylor is the
books editor of the Chicago Tribune.