Roundup: Videos from the LA Festival of Books and much more

By Eric Liebetrau

2012 NBCC Criticism Award winner Marina Warner claims 2013 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin. The $30,000 award — the largest annual cash prize in English-language literary criticism — is administered for the Truman Capote Estate by the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Ben Fountain, winner of the NBCC 2012 Fiction Award, named University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University.

In the Chicago Reader, Michael Miner critiques Rachel Shteir's recent controversial reviews of books about Chicago for the New York Times Book Review. Others have chimed in, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Northwestern University Professor Bill Savage, the Chicagoist, Chicago Tribune reporter Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Business Journal reporter Lewis Lazare

Lucia Perillo is the winner of the Shelley Memorial Award, given by the Poetry Society of America. She shares the award with poet Martín Espada.

VIDEOS: At the L.A. Times Festival of Books, NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg talks to Molly Ringwald about book tours and L.A. writers. She also interviews Naomi Hirahara, Alex Espinoza, Amy Wientz And board member David Ulin in conversation with Margaret Atwood. 

More Anisfield-Wolf Awards discussion: Ron Charles in the Washington Post. Joanna Connors in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Ken Kalfus' Equilateral.

At the Huffington Post, Doug Bradley takes a look at David Abrams' novel Fobbit.

Library Journal editor Barbara Hoffert presents “Thirty Essential Poetry Titles for Spring 2013.”

Robert Birnbaum interviews David Shields for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari reviews Claire Messud's new novel for NPR: “brims with energy and ideas…” Messud's book was also reviewed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune by Jim Carmin.

Why Does Anne Boleyn Obsess Us? Lauren Elkin explores for the Daily Beast.

Recommended paperbacks, from Meredith Maran.

In the New York Times Book Review, Sylvia Brownrigg reviews Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys.

NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman peruses The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.

USA Today contributor Carmela Ciuraru gives 3.5 stars to Helen Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni.

“The Greatest English Poet You Haven't Heard of,” by Adam Kirsch.

A Guardian interview with 2012 NBCC Autobiography Award winner Leanne Shapton.

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