Critical Notes

New reviews and more from NBCC members

By Jennie Hann

Greetings, NBCC members and friends!! We’d like to remind you that applications for our 2022-23 Emerging Critics Fellowship are open on Submittable from now through May 7. NBCC Vice President/Emerging Critics Heather Scott Partington will host an optional Q&A this Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Eastern for prospective applicants and other interested parties. This event will be held on Zoom and you can register here. We hope you’ll join us, and we appreciate your help in spreading the word!

Member Reviews/Essays

Susan Coll reviewed Grant Ginder’s Let’s Not Do That Again for The Washington Post.

Ben Yagoda reviewed The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler by Kathryn S. Olmsted for The Wall Street Journal.

Marc Weingarten reviewed Charles Elton’s Cimino: ‘The Deer Hunter,’ ‘Heaven’s Gate,’ and the Price of a Vision for The Wall Street Journal.

Yvonne C. Garrett reviewedEmily St. John Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility for The Brooklyn Rail.

Former NBCC Emerging Critic Zack Graham reviewed Out There by Kate Folk for The National Book Review.

Joyce Sáenz Harris reviewed Sarah Bird’s novel Last Dance on the Starlight Peer for The Dallas Morning News.

Rhoda Feng reviewed Margo Jefferson’s Constructing a Nervous System for The Week.

Kai Maristed reviewed Damon Galgut’s The Promise for On the Seawall.

Lanie Tankard reviewed Milk Teeth by Helene Bukowski, translated from German by Jen Calleja, for The Woven Tale Press.

Lisa Russ Spaar reviewed two debut poetry collections—Boris Dralyuk’s My Hollywood and Other Poems and Aimee Seu’s Velvet Hounds—for On the Seawall.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Douglas Stuart’s Young Mungo for Oprah Daily.

Jake Cline reviewed Samantha Hunt’s The Unwritten Book for The Washington Post.

Kevin Blankinship wrote about the 1976 dark comedy film Network for New Lines Magazine.

Dana Wilde reviewed Betty Culley’s verse novel The Name She Gave Me for his Off Radar column for Central Maine Newspapers.

Priscilla Gilman reviewed The Unwritten Book by Samantha Hunt for The Boston Globe.

Julia M. Klein reviewed Delia Ephron’s Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life for the Forward.

NBCC board member Mandana Chaffa reviewed Ocean Vuong’s Time Is a Mother for the Chicago Review of Books.

Kathleen Rooney reviewed Splendid Anatomies by Alison Wyss for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Member Interviews

Lisa Peet interviewed Maud Newton for Bloom.

David Nilsen interviewed Daniel Olivas about How to Date a Flying Mexican, his new collection of short fiction, for On the Seawall.

Puloma Mukherjee talked to Leigh Newman about her story collection Nobody Gets Out Alive for Poets & Writers.

Member News

NBCC Vice President/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ruben Quesada has a new poem, “My Mother Is a Garden,” in issue 41 of The Adroit Journal.

Former NBCC Emerging Critic Laura Villareal’s poetry collection Girl’s Guide to Leaving was just published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Jim Ruland was interviewed about his new book, Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise & Fall of SST Records by both KPBS and CBC’s q with Tim Power.

Former NBCC board member Steve Paul’sLiterary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S. Connell has won the Bernard J. Brommel Biography and Memoir Award from the Society of Midland Authors. Steve and his book are also scheduled to be featured on a panel at the Unbound Book Festival, in Columbia, MO, April 22-23. (Member bonus: On the publisher’s website, linked above, use code PAUL21 for a discount!)

Partner News

Our friends and partners at Rain Taxi are hosting a virtual event with acclaimed poet/publisher Jonathan Galassi about his new novel, School Days, on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. You can register for this free event here.

Special Acknowledgements

Last but not least, we want to take this opportunity to offer our deepest thanks to former NBCC Vice President/Online Michael Schaub, who is stepping down as editor of this newsletter after more than two years. Michael’s enthusiasm for and interest in the work and accomplishments of our members has set a very high bar, and we are correspondingly grateful. Thank you, Michael!!

Photo of the George Peabody Library in Baltimore by NBCC board member Jennie Hann. Used with permission.

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