Paul Beatty, Joan Silber, and the Future of Criticism: NBCC at AWP19 in Portland

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The National Book Critics Circle is an AWP literary partner. Come see our NBCC featured reading at AWP2019 in Portland on Thursday, March 28,  4:30 p.m., with NBCC (and Booker) Fiction Award winner Paul Beatty and NBCC (and PEN/Faulkner) Fiction Award winner Joan Silber, conversation with NBCC president Kate Tuttle. Check out our Future of Criticism panel on Saturday at 1:30.

Visit us at Bookfair Booth #4010 to sign up for membership, pick up awards swag, or an application for our Emerging Critics Fellowship. Meet NBCC board members David Varno, Ismail Muhammed, Marion Winik, Lori Feathers, Tess Taylor, Kerri Arsenault, Carlin Romano, Bethanne Patrick and Jane Ciabattari, former board member Michele Filgate, and Emerging Critic Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers.


March 28, 2019 4:30 pm
2019 AWP Conference & Book Fair Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2 Portland, Oregon

Join us for a conversation with Paul Beatty and Joan Silber with introductions by Jane Ciabattari, and moderated by Kate Tuttle.

Two National Book Critics Circle honored novelists–Paul Beatty and Joan Silber–read from their work and talk with NBCC President Kate Tuttle about inspiration, research, awards (Beatty also wonthe Man Booker; Silber, the PEN/Faulkner), evolving forms, writing about race, the unique challenges of writing in these times, and the imaginative process that shapes their originality. Consider this a dual master class in the art of fiction.NBCC finalists and winners are chosen by a 24-member board after a year-long vetting process for excellence. Paul Beatty and Joan Silber are among the best prose writers publishing today, role models for establlished and emerging writers worldwide.


NBCC at AWP19:  The Future of Criticism: A Conversation with Established and Emerging Critics

March 30, 2019 1:30 pm
2019 AWP Conference & Book Fair E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 Portland, Oregon

In a moment of rapid change, noted emerging and established critics gather and ask: What is the purpose of criticism now? How do we speak? To whom? Who do we imagine our audience(s) to be, and how do we reach them? As modes and means of distributing information increase, what forms of criticism have use and impact? And most importantly, in a world in flux, are critics activists?

Kate Tuttle, President of the National Book Critics Circle, writes about books for the Boston Globe. Her reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Newsday. Her essays on childhood, race, and politics have appeared in Dame, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Jane Ciabattari is a literary critic and author of the story collection Stealing the Fire. She is National Book Critics Circle VP/Online (and a former NBCC president), a columnist for BBC Culture and Literary Hub, and a member of the Writers Grotto. Her cultural criticism has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review, Bookforum, the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Poets and Writers, and many other publications.

Ismail Muhammad is staff writer at the Millions, book editor for The Belieer, contributing editor at ZYZZYVA, and a Ph.D. candidate in English at U.C. Berkeley. His nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Slate, Paris Review, the Nation, and other venues. He’s at work on a novel about the Great Migration.

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. He is a former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as a past board member of the National Book Critics Circle. He is also a contributing editor to Literary Hub.

Hope Wabuke is the author of The Leaving and Movement No.1: Trains. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2017, and has been published widely in various magazines. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a contributing editor for The Root.