NBCC at the University of Illinois Early Spring Literary Festival

By Jane Ciabattari

NBCC at the University of Illinois Early Spring Literary Festival

The Next Decade in Book Culture: The Rise of the E-Book.

Jane Ciabattari, Philip Graham, Harriett Green (University of Illinois Library), Martin Riker (Dalkey Archive Press) in a conversation sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Creative Writing Program and the Carr Reading Series.

When: March 15, 2010, 11 am to 12:15 pm.

Where: Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Philip Graham is the author of two story collections, The Art of the Knock (William Morrow) and Interior Design (Scribner); a novel, How to Read an Unwritten Language (Scribner); and he is the co-author, with his wife Alma Gottlieb, of two memoirs of Africa, Parallel Worlds (Crown/Random House), winner of the Victor Turner Prize, and the forthcoming Braided Worlds (University of Chicago Press). His most recent book is The Moon, Come to Earth (University of Chicago Press), an expanded version of his series of McSweeney’s dispatches from Lisbon. Graham’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, North American Review, Fiction, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers Magazine, and the Washington Post. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, two Illinois Arts Council awards, and the William Peden Prize, Graham teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is a founding editor and the fiction editor of the literary/arts journal Ninth Letter and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Harriett Green is the English and Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also is a book reviewer for Contrary Magazine, and previously worked a book publicist at the University of Chicago Press. She earned her M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,and also holds a M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago and B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University.

Martin Riker is Associate Director of Dalkey Archive Press and editor for the Press's critical publications the Review of Contemporary Fiction and CONTEXT. He is also a member of the National Book Critics' Circle. His nonfiction and critical writing appear in a range of publications including the Guardian, Inside Higher Education, and the Chicago Review.

Jane Ciabattari is president of the NBCC, a contributor to and The Daily Beast, and the author of the short-story collection Stealing The Fire. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Bookforum,  Oprah magazine, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. She has taught at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, NYU,Knox College, and Bennington's Low-Residency MFA program.