Critical Notes

Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By David Varno

Invitation to NBCC awards ceremony

We are thrilled to return to an in-person awards ceremony and reception this year, hosted by our longtime sponsor, The New School. We’re also deeply grateful to continue our relationship with Wildbound, who produced our virtual events in the interim. The night before the awards ceremony, Wildbound will be presenting a virtual reading from the finalists. More info on the events, including how to register, is available here.

This year, we are excited to introduce you to our new partner, International Literary Properties, co-sponsor of the awards reception. ILP is based in New York and London and headed by Global CEO Scott Hoffman, formerly of Folio Literary. The company invests globally in the intellectual property rights to books, plays and other literary works in order to protect, secure and grow their legacies for future generations. Since 2019 it has built a  portfolio of much-loved properties across multiple genres, including James M. Cain, Ann Rule, Georgette Heyer, Langston Hughes, Ngaio Marsh, Georges Simenon, Roger Tory Peterson and Martin Waddell. Working in close collaboration with publishers, existing literary agents and author representation, the team uses its industry expertise and network to create new opportunities for authors’ writing to be enjoyed across all media platforms. A sponsor of the British Book Awards, ILP is committed to supporting literary excellence, and their team looks forward to meeting with NBCC members and fellow supporters in March.


Former Board member Tom Beer wrote about literature for all ages that has emerged from the Ukraine War, including Yevgenia Belorusets’s War Diary, translated by Greg Nissan, for Kirkus.

Robert Rubsam reviewed Gwendoline Riley’s My Phantoms and First Love for The Nation.

Tobias Caroll reviewed Mariana Enriquez’s Our Share of Night for

For the Washington Post, Susan Keselenko Coll reviewed Amy Poeppel’s The Sweet Spot.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Cristina Rivera Garza’s Liliana’s Invincible Summer for the Boston Globe and Charles Freeman’s The Reopening of the Western Mind for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

For the London Review of Books, Irina Dumitrescu reviewed Barbara Newman’s The Permeable Self: Five Medieval Relationships.

Steven G. Kellman reviewed Sarah Bakewell’s Humanly Possible for the American Scholar.

Board member Mandana Chaffa reviewed Italo Calvino’s The Written World and the Unwritten World, translated by Ann Goldstein, for Ploughshares.

Nell Beram reviewed four books for Shelf Awareness: De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s Decent People; Elle Cosimano’s Finlay DonovanJumps the Gun; Paul B. Rainey’s Why Don’t You Love Me?; Sarah Akinterinwa’s Why You’ll Never Find the One: And Why it Doesn’t Matter.

Tom Miksanek reviewed Michael Stein’s Accidental Kindness for the Journal of Medical Humanities.

Diane Josefowicz reviewed Ousmane K. Power-Greene’s The Confessions of Matthew Strong for Necessary Fiction.

For World Literature Today, Lanie Tankard reviewed Gunnhild Øyehaug’s Evil Flowers: Stories, translated by Kari Dickson.

For the Brooklyn Rail, Yvonne C. Garrett reviewed Margaret Atwood’s Old Babes in the Wood.

Jim Schley reviewed Kekla Magoon’s The Minus-One Club for Seven Days.

Anne Charles reviewed Edafe Okporo’s Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto for the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide.

Amy Reardon reviewed Muriel Barbery’s A Single Rose for the Colorado Review.

Chris Barsanti wrote about Quentin Tarantino’s two books Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Cinema Speculation for The Millions.

For World Literature Today, Kai Maristed reviewed Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Guerre and Londres, unearthed decades after his death.

Carr Harkrader wrote about forgotten writer Alston Anderson and his recently reissued short story collection Lover Man for The Assembly.


For Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Tobias Caroll spoke with Juan Martinez about his new novel Extended Stay.

Tobias Caroll talked to Erica Berry about her new book Wolfish for InsideHook.

For TheNew York Times, Celia McGee profiled Knopf vice president and executive editor Jenny Jackson, debut author of Pineapple Street.

Member News

Bill Henderson’s Pushcart Press, winner of the NBCC Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrates 50 years.

At AWP, Diane Josefowicz will be signing her debut novel Ready, Set, Oh on Friday, March 10, from 2-3 pm at the Flexible Press table. More details here.

Ron Slate’s new poetry collection Joy Ride has just been published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Grant Faulkner’s new book The Art of Brevity has been featured in Poets & Writer’s Craft Capsules series and Adroit Journal.

At AWP, Hélène Cardona will be signing advance copies of The Abduction, her translation of Le Rapt by Maram Al-Masri, on Thursday, March 9th, 1-2pm. More details here.

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