Critical Notes

Roundup: John Banville, Paul Yoon, Boris Kachka’s Hothouse, and much more

By Eric Liebetrau

“She was hardly the only science fiction writer of her day to craft beautiful sentences, but she was (as her peers recognized) one of the best…” Stephen Burt on Alice Sheldon (aka James Tiptree Jr.).

Heller McAlpin reviews Andrei Makine's Dreams of My Russian Summers. She also reviews Boris Kachka's deliciously gossipy history of FSG, Hothouse. Furthermore, her review of David Gilbert's & Sons.

For the Washington Post, Gerald Bartell reviews P.T. Deutermann’s gripping maritime thriller, Ghosts of Bungo Suido. He also takes on a recent biography of celebrated Hollywood director, William Wyler.

NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman reviews Louis Begley's Memories of a Marriage. For the Dallas Morning News, Kellman reviews Paul Yoon's Snow Hunters.

“With John Banville, you get two authors in one. And now there are three.” NBCC board member Colette Bancroft interviews Banville for the Tampa Bay Times.

Carmela Ciuraru takes a look back at Jane Austen's England.

“In the world of book publishing, ravaged though it may be, the name Farrar, Straus & Giroux still bespeaks literary quality.” Maureen Corrigan on Hothouse.

For the Daily Beast, Joe Peschel reviews Peter Orner's Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge.

Craig Seligman examines Marisha Pessl's sophomore effort, Night Film.

LISTEN: Fobbit author David Abrams discusses his novel, which is “in the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H.

“Happy Birthday Charles Bukowski!” NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg on the “Poet Laureate of Skid Row.”

“If Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk says anything about American life, it’s that we’re consumption addicts.” Walton Muyumba takes another look at the 2012 NBCC Fiction Award winner.

2012 NBCC Criticism Award winner Marina Warner to chair the Man Booker International prize judges.

Have we found the next J.K. Rowling? NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari examines Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Amana Fontanella-Khan's Pink Sari Revolution.

In the Boston Globe: Jan Gardner on Barbara Shapiro finding “success with her sixth novel.”



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