Critical Notes

Studs Terkel lives—or his portrait does, anyway. And other good stuff.

By Laurie Hertzel

Studs Terkel, painting by Steve Musgrave

Reviews and columns from our members:

Studs Terkel won the NBCC's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement award in 2004, and fitting for the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Division Street,” he was immortalized in canvas at a branch of the Chicago Public Library located on Division Street. Past NBCC President and current Board member, Elizabeth Taylor attended the unveiling of the portrait, and wrote about it for The National Book Review.

NBCC Vice President/Online Jane Ciabattari's weekly Lit Hub column features Jill Bialosky, Lindsay Hunter, Ann Hood, Deborah E. Kennedy…and a tweet by Joyce Carol Oates, also an NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement awardee.

Board member Laurie Hertzel's weekly Bookmark column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune explores the lovely serendipity of finding books — or of leaving books for strangers to find. Hertzel also wrote about a controversial nomination for best young-adult books in the PEN USA literary awards. 

Laverne Frith reviewed “Early Hour,” a collection of poetry by Michael McGriff, in New York Journal of Books.

David Cooper reviewed the novel, “How to Behave in a Crowd,” by Camille Bordas, for New York Journal of Books.

And other good stuff:

Linda Simon's new book, “Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper,” will be published in September by Reaktion Books.

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Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a member of the NBCC board.