SAVE THE DATE: NBCC Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event

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SAVE THE DATE: National Book Critics Circle's Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event
September 15, 2016, 7 pm at the Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, NYC


The Ever Expanding World of Literary Criticism

Writing about books– starting a conversations about a novel, a poem, a literary career– combines passion with dedication. Five active literary and cultural critics, all members of the National Book Critics Circle board, discuss the art of writing about books. These panelists differ in background and experience; some write for legacy newspapers, others for online venues. All represent criticism as an engaging activity that challenges each to be perpetually in search of the new.

Moderator: NBCC president Tom Beer, book editor, Newsday


Jane Ciabattari, Columnist, BBC, the Literary Hub; contributor, NPR

 Michele Filgate, Los Angeles Times, B&N Review, the  Literary Hub, O, the Oprah magazine

Michael Miller, Bookforum

Walton Muyumba, The Atlantic, Dallas Morning News

Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Dame


Tom Beer is the books and travel editor at Newsday, and president of the National Book Critics Circle. He was previously an editor at Out magazine. He has written for Time Out New York, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, and contributed to The Readers' Guide to Contemporary Authors (Penguin, 2000). Find him on Twitter @TomBeerBooks.

Jane Ciabattari writes the Between the Lines column for, a weekly column for the Literary Hub, and contributes regularly to NPR, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. She is VP/Online and a former president of the National Book Critics Circle, a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and on the advisory board of The Story Prize. She is the author of the story collections, Stealing the Fire and California Tales.

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Refinery29, Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, Fine Books & Collections Magazine, DAME Magazine, Biographile, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, People, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Capital New York, The Star Tribune, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and Catapult.

Michael Miller has held positions at the Village Voice Literary Supplement, Spin Magazine, and Time Out New York, where he was the literary editor and lead book critic from 2005 until 2010. He is currently an editor at Bookforum.

Walton Muyumba is the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism.  His essays and reviews have appeared in Oxford American, The Chicago Tribune, The Crisis, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, New Republic and at, among other outlets.  Muyumba is an associate professor of American and African Diasporic literature at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Kate Tuttle writes on books for the Boston Globe. Her reviews, interviews, and essays have also appeared in Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. A board member of the National Book Critics Circle, she also serves as director of the Decatur Writers Studio, a literary center based outside Atlanta.