Critical Notes

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By Victoria Chang


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Tara Cheesman reviews Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama for the Los Angeles Review of Books and The Geography of Rebels Trilogy by Maria Gabriela Llansol for The Triquarterly Conversation.

Robert Allen Papinchak reviews Anthony Horowitz's James Bond novel, Forever and a Day for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Michelle Lancaster reviews The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander for Lone Star Literary Life.

Ron Slate reviews An Untouched House, a novella by Willem Frederik Hermans, translated by David Colmer for On The Seawall.

Paul Wilner interviews Peter Nathaniel Malae about his new novel, Son of Amity for ZYZZYVA.

NBCC board member Tom Beer previews new books in, “New Books to Look Forward to in 2019” in Newsday.

 NBCC VP/Online Jane Ciabattari talks to John Prendergast and Fidel Bafiemba, authors of Congo Stories, about five books about the Congo, including NBCC finalist Adam Hochschild's King Leopold's Ghost, in Literary Hub.

Diane Scharper's review of Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends was published in the 12/20/18 issue of the National Catholic Reporter.  

Martha Anne Toll interviews Glory Edim, editor of Well-Read Black Girl for The Millions.

Robert Allen Papinchak reviews Farewell, My Orange by Iwaki Kei for World Literature Today, Winter 2019.  

Dana Wilde reviews Paul Guernsey's American Ghost, winner of the 2018 Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction and Karie Friedman's poetry collection, Add Water, Add Fire for the Central Maine newspapers.

Paul Gleason reviews Heather MacDonald's The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Grace Lichtenstein reviews John Feinstein's Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League in the New York Journal of Books.

Gregory Crouch reviews Jack Kelly's The Age of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America in the Wall Street Journal.

Tobias Carroll interviews Sarah Moss about her new novel, Ghost Wall, for Longreads.

Lanie Tankard reviews Aya Dane by Mhani Alaoui at The Woven Tale Press.

Hamilton Caine reviews A Rope from the Sky by Zach Vertin for Star Tribune.

Alison Buckholtz reviews Dani Shapiro's Inheritance for the Florida Times-Union.

Mike Lindren reviews Ian S. Port's book, The Birth of Loud for the Washington Post.


Adam Morris's forthcoming book, American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation (Liveright, March 2019) was listed as one of Buzzfeed's “66 Books Coming in 2019 That You'll Want to Keep on Your Radar” by Arianna Rebolini and Tomi Obaro.

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Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won The PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017, along with the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. She is a contributing editor of Copper Nickel and a poetry editor at Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches at Antioch University’s MFA program in Los Angeles. You can find her at <a href=""></a>.