Critical Notes

New reviews and more from NBCC members

By Michael Schaub

We hope that all of you will be able to join us later this month for a special ceremony honoring our 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award winners and announcing the finalists for our 2020 awards! The virtual ceremony will be on January 24 at 7 p.m. EST, and you can RSVP here. Thanks, as always, for your support, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Member Reviews/Essays

Paula L. Woods reviewed Walter Mosley’s The Awkward Black Man for Alta.

NBCC board member Lori Feathers contributed to Words Without Bordersend of year line-up of favorite international reads of 2020 and translated titles to look forward to in 2021.

Michelle Bailat-Jones reviewed Darien Hsu Gee’s memoir Allegiance for SmokeLong Quarterly.

Former NBCC President Tom Beer wrote about the ebooks, audiobooks, and literary podcasts that got him through 2020, and about his 2021 reading resolutions, for Kirkus Reviews.

In Literary Hub, John Domini published an essay on the fiction of recent migrants and refugees, including work by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Khaled Khalifa, and several others. John also reviewed Roland Merullo’s Naples novel From These Broken Streets for the Star Tribune.

Former NBCC board member Mark Athitakis reviewed Jerome Cheryn’s novel Sergeant Salinger for The Washington Post.

Claude Peck reviewed The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. for the Star Tribune.

Oline H. Cogdill reviewed The Last To See Her by Courtney Evan Tate for Shelf Awareness and Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March for the Sun Sentinel and other publications.

Bridget Quinn reviewed artist Roni Horn’s “prosaic and profound” Island Zombie: Iceland Writings for Hyperallergic.

John Kazanjian’s review of Difficult Light by Tomás González was published in Rain Taxi’s 100th print issue.

NBCC Vice President/Online Michael Schaub wrote about the 10 weirdest book stories of the year for Kirkus Reviews.

Jim Scott reviewed Jonathan Alter’s His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life for the Wellington Square Bookshop website.

Member Interviews

Former NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman, a winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, talked with Ilan Stavans for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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