Joy Harjo with trophy

Awards: Accepting the Ivan Sandrof Award

By Joy Harjo

Thank you, or mvto in our Mvskoke language. I am honored to be standing here before you, in person, to accept this honor for a lifetime of mischief, I mean

President of City Lights accepting speech at podium with photo advertising "Banned Books" projected in background.

Awards: City Lights, Still Fighting the Fight

By Elaine Katzenberger

The NBCC’s 2022 Toni Morrison Achievement Award went to City Lights, the San Francisco bookstore and publisher. Thank you to the board and the members of the National Book Critics

Photo of Barbara Hoffert holding trophy

Awards: Saluting Barbara Hoffert

By Eric Banks

Since it was founded nearly five decades ago, the National Book Critics Circle has relied on the hard, and unremunerated, work of its members, particularly those elected to serve on

Awards: Announcing the 2022 NBCC Award Winners

By David Varno

 New York, NY (March 23, 2023)—Tonight at the New School, the National Book Critics Circle announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2022. The winners include Ling Ma,

Bliss Montage by Ling Ma

By J. Howard Rosier

Bliss Montage (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Ling Ma’s second book and first collection of stories, is ostentatious in neither syntax nor storytelling. Nevertheless, the collection guts and renovates the genre

Statement on the Attack Against Salman Rushdie


The National Book Critics Circle joins the literary community in wishing Salman Rushdie a strong recovery after the attack last week, which has left all of us reeling and reflecting