Critical Mass

Roundup: David Grossman, Emma Donoghue, Miriam Pawel, John Updike bio, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Rod Davis’s new crime noir novel South, America was published this month by NewSouth Books and reviewed in the Southern Literary Review by author Gerald Duff.

Joe Peschel reviews Adam Begley's new biography of John Updike.

NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire, about passing the threshold from modern life into poetic imagination.

Celia McGee's “Junior Edition: New Books for Younger Readers.”

In Bookforum, John Domini reviews Painted Cities by Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski. He also takes a look back at Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities.

Denise Low’s quarterly column, “On Poetry,” is in the Kansas City Star. Low’s critical essay “‘The Way It Is’: Second Sight in William Stafford’s Poetry,” is in the new issue of North Dakota Quarterly. Her critical essay about poet Ronald Johnson, “Optical Structures in The Shrubberies: Ronald Johnson’s Cascades,” is in Numéro Cinq.

Thomas Devaney reviews Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems, The Gorgeous Nothings for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kimberly Chrisman Campbell reviews Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800.

Miriam Pawel, author of The Crusades of Cesar Chavez and NBCC board member Gregg Barrios, author of LA CAUSA, in conversation at the San Antonio Book Festival on CSPAN2 Book TV.

Ron Slate on George Prochnik's book on Stefan Zweig's exile.

Robert Birnbaum talks to Ben Bradlee about Ted Williams.

NBCC board member Carmela Ciararu takes a look at this month's new fiction. She also sorts through current debut novels.

Karl Wolff reviews Swing by Miasha, an erotic thriller about four couples who frequent an Atlanta swinger club. He also reviews A Taste for Intrigue: the Multiple Lives of Francois Mitterrand, by Philip Short.

Elizabeth Rosner on Peter Matthiessen's last novel.

Daniel Asa Rose interviews David Grossman.

“By the time you finish this profoundly satisfying novel, you’ll feel like you know William Stoner better than many of the people who surround you daily.” Harvey Freedenberg on John Williams' Stoner.

Meredith Maran reviews Elizabeth McCracken

In her latest Fab Over Fifty column, Linda Wolfe explores the work of Anthony Marra, Anna Quindlen and others.

“On Epitaphic Fictions: Ben Franklin, W.B. Yeats.” Daniel Bosch in the Paris Review.

Erika Dreifus explores recent “chimp lit”–books by Franz de Waal, Karen Joy Fowler, Colin McAdam, and Sherri Speede–in a review-essay for the Missouri Review's spring 2014 issue.

In the Kenyon Review Online, Ryan Teitman reviews Ted Sanders' No Animals We Could Name.

Grace Bello interviews The Lost Art of Dress author Linda Przybyszewski for The Hairpin and talks to sci-fi YA author Tracy E. Banghart for Publishers Weekly.

Adam Kirsch: “Aharon Appelfeld Creates a Jewish Saint in Suddenly, Love.”

Julie Hakim Azzam reviews Emma Donoghue's Frog Music for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.