Elaine Szewczyk interviewed Sheila Weller about her forthcoming biography, Carrie Fisher: Life on the Edge, for Publishers Weekly.
Nicole Rudick reviewed The Future Is Female!: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin, edited by Lisa Yaszek, for The New York Review of Books.
Board member David Varno reviewed Jess Row's essay collection White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Former NBCC president Jane Ciabattari interviewed Pablo Medina about five essential Cuban novels, ranging from Alejo Carpentier to Wendy Guerra, for Lit Hub/Book Marks.
Justin Taylor wrote about Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible and his monograph The Art of Bible Translation for Jewish Currents.
Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers reviewed Andrea Bobotis’ The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, Brandi Homan’s Burn Fortune, and Virginia O. Bush and Ryan J. Bush’s A Singing Wire: Duets of Poems & Photographs, for Foreword Reviews.
The bookish journal the Believer takes a musical turn in its latest issue; Zack Graham contributed “microreviews” of Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth, Ross from Friends’ Family Portrait, and Pusha T’s Daytona.
At the funeral for NBCC finalist George Hodgman on July 29, former NBCC director Steve Weinberg presented the eulogy, at the request of the family.
The Cannery Reading Series in West Philadelphia, co-founded by NBCC member Matthew Jakubowski, was named a Best of Philly 2019 honoree by Philadelphia Magazine. The series launched in 2018 and has featured more than 20 novelists, playwrights, translators, and short story writers. The next reading is September 5 at the Cannery at Dock Street Brewery.
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