Critical Notes

Roundup: 2013 NBCC Award Finalists announced!…and much more

By Eric Liebetrau

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THE BIG NEWS from the NBCC board of directors: 2013 NBCC Awards Finalists announced!


Clea Simon reviews Sue Monk Kidd's novel, as well as Rachel Joyce's Perfect.

For the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Harvey Freedenberg reviews Richard Powers' latest novel.

Julia M. Klein reviews Jessica Lamb-Shapiro's Promise Land for the Chicago Tribune.

New member Rochelle Spencer interviews poet Rich Villar.

“Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life.” NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari reviews Rachel Urquhart's The Visionist.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea.

NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire.

For the Philadelphia Inquirer, Helen W. Mallon reviews Clive Thompson's Smarter Than You Think.

“E.L. Doctorow's 19th book, Andrew's Brain, is a real head-scratcher.” Heller McAlpin on the acclaimed author's latest. She also reviews David Dow's Things I’ve Learned from Dying: A Book About Life. And Jim Harrison's Brown Dog.

Katherine A. Powers reviews Diane Johnson's Flyover Lives.

NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman reviews Lara Vapnyar's The Scent of Pine.