Critical Mass

Video: NBCC Finalists Reading for 2011 Awards

By David Varno

March 7, 2012, The New School, New York, NY


Video courtesy Chelsey Philpot


Welcome from Robert Polito, Director of Writing Programs at the New School, and introduction from Eric Banks, NBCC President.

Nonfiction readers (in the following order):

John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead: Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
(Random House)
Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Criticism readers:

Dubravka Ugresic, Karaoke Culture: Essays, translated by David Williams (Open Letter)
Ellen Willis, Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music (University of
Minnesota Press), reading by Nona Willis Aronowitz

Poetry readers:

Forrest Gander, Core Samples from the World (New Directions)
Aracelis Girmay, Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions)

Laura Kasischke, Space, in Chains (Copper Canyon Press)
Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Bruce Smith, Devotions (University of Chicago Press)

Biography readers:

Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
(Little, Brown)
Paul Hendrickson, Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking), reading by Kevin

Autobiography readers:

Mira Bartók, The Memory Palace: A Memoir (Free Press)
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
(Little, Brown)
Luis J. Rodríguez, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions,
and Healing (Touchstone)
Deb Olin Unferth, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War (Henry

Fiction readers:

Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (Lookout Books)
Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia (Scribner)