Critical Notes

Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By Michael Schaub

Friends, please mark your calendars for Nov. 1, when we’ll be hosting a virtual Translators’ Roundtable event with the translators of five of the six finalists from the inaugural Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize: Jennifer Croft, Boris Dralyuk, Mara Faye Lethem, Christina MacSweeney, and Mark Polizzotti. The discussion will be moderated by Mandana Chaffa, NBCC board member and Vice President of the Barrios Prize committee. Find out more, and register here.

Member Reviews/Essays

Carole Burns wrote about James Baldwin’s Another Country for Literary Hub.

Edna Bonhomme reviewed Shannon Saunders’ Companyfor The Washington Post.

NBCC board member Lauren LeBlanc reviewed Jhumpa Lahiri’s Roman Storiesfor The Boston Globe.

Dean Rader reviewed Thierry Greub’s Cy Twombly: Inscriptions for Zyzzyva

Former NBCC board member Steve Paul reviewed Skywalks: Robert Gordon’s Untold Story of Hallmark’s Kansas City Disaster by Eli R. Paul (no relation) for the Missouri Historical Review.

Jack Rockwell reviewed Kate Briggs’ The Long Formfor the Chicago Review of Books.

For NPR, Heller McAlpin reviewed Tan Twan Eng’s The House of Doors, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Roman Stories, and Lydia Davis’ Our Strangers.

Samantha Neugebauer reviewed Zadie Smith’s The Fraud for DCTrending

Jake Casella Brookins reviewed The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera for Locus.

Audrey Shipp reviewed Diana Anyakwo’s My Life as a Chameleonfor Brittle Paper.

Gregor Thuswaldner reviewed Christopher J. Martin’s The Right to Higher Education: A Political Theory for Choice.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Steve Inskeep’s Differ We Mustfor Chapter 16.

For the Duluth News Tribune, Jay Gabler reviewed Matt Singer’s Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever.

Cory Oldweiler reviewed Sarah Booker’s translation of Mónica Ojeda’s Nefando for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Frank Freeman reviewed Old Orchard Beach Cycle: From Sea Symphonies to Honky-Tonk Philosophies by Robert Gibbons for the Portland Press Herald.

Nell Beram reviewed three books for Shelf Awareness: Final Acts: Theatrical Mysteries, edited by Martin Edwards; Hitchcock’s Blondes: The Unforgettable Women Behind the Legendary Director’s Dark Obsession by Laurence Leamer; and Ruthless, written by Anne Mette Hancock and translated by Melissa Lucas.

Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing recipient Maureen Corrigan reviewed Justin Torres’ Blackoutsfor NPR.

Les Schofield reviewed Dan Hunter’s Learning and Teaching Creativity and Danuta Hinc’s When We Were Twins for Birch Bark Editing/Microlit Almanac.

Member Interviews

For their Book Cougars podcast, NBCC member Chris Wolak and Emily Fine spoke with Shuly Xóchitl Cawood about her new poetry collection, Something So Good It Can Never Be Enough, and with Fancy Feast about her new essay collection, Naked: On Sex, Work, and Other Burlesques

Carole Burns was interviewed about her fiction writing at the Wales Arts Review.

For InsideHook, Tobias Carroll talked with Will Hermes about Lou Reed: The King of New York, and interviewed Wes Davis about American Journey.

Member News

Six Seasons and a Movie: How Community Broke Television, written by NBCC member Chris Barsanti with Brian Cogan and Jeff Massey, was published Oct. 1 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

Tobias Carroll has started a newsletter with critical writings about comic books.

Terese Svoboda’s new speculative novel about harpies, Roxy and Coco, will be published by West Virginia University Press Feb. 1, 2024. Reviewers interested in galleys can contact West Virginia University Press here. Her third collection of stories, The Long Swim, won the Juniper Prize and will be published March 1, 2024 by the University of Massachusetts Press, with review copies available here. She also contributed the introduction to Genevieve Taggard’s To Test the Joy: Selected Poems and Prose, which was published by Boiler House Press this year.

Dean has two poems in the September/October issue of The American Poetry Review and a translation of Paul Celan’s “Todesfuge” in the October issue of POETRY.

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