Critical Notes

The Nobel Prizes, Elizabeth Strout, Edwidge Danticat and more

By Carolyn Kellogg

Nobel Prize

NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg wrote about the Nobel Prizes in Literature, awarded to Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, at the Chicago Tribune. Kellogg also talked to Jeanette Winterson about her novel Frankissstein at the Los Angeles Times.

Joan Frank reviewed Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again for the Washington Post. Priscilla Gilman reviewed Strout’s Olive, Again for the Boston Globe. And Ellen Prentiss Campbell reviewed Olive, Again for Fiction Writers Review.

At his site On the Seawall, Ron Slate reviewed Edwidge Danticat’s story collection Everything Inside.

NBCC board member Mark Athitakis reviewed Sontag by Ben Moser for Ron Slate’s On the Seawall.

Also at On the Seawall, Lisa Russ Spaar reviewed two poetry collections: Eyes Bottle Dark With a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets and Father’s Day by Matthew Zapruder.

For Bookforum, former NBCC emerging critic Natalia Holtzman wrote about the reissue of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s 1948 novel The Corner That Held Them.

Jocelyn McClurgh reviewed Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House for Newsday and interviewed Jeffrey Archer for Kirkus.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Chanel Miller’s memoir Know My Name for the November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine.

Tim Riley reviewed the book Country Music, a companion to Ken Burns’ series, for truthdig.

Claude Peck reviewed the novel Girl by Edna O’Brien for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Tobias Carroll wrote about Kevin Barry’s fiction for CrimeReads, talked to Marc Hamer about his book How to Catch a Mole at Longreads,  talked to Victor Lavalle at Guernica, recommended new translated literature at Words without Borders and wrote about two Western-set novels at Mystery Tribune.

Peggy Kurkowski reviewed Equality: An American Dilemma, 1866-1896 by Charles Postel at Open Letters Review.

Jeffrey Mannix reviewed the mystery Stolen Things by R.H. Herron For Colorado’s Durango Telegraph.

Lanie Tankard reviewed Anita Felicelli’s novel Chimerica for the Woven Tale Press.

Kathleen Rooney talked to Jesse Ball at the Chicago Tribune and Paige Lewis at the Poetry Foundation.

C.M. Mayo’s talked to Cliff Garstang about his new novel, The Shaman of Turtle Valley, at her Madam Mayo blog.

Melanie Dragger reviewed On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux for the Literary West.

Michael J. McCann reviewed The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 for the New York Journal of Books.

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