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NBCC Celebrates 2019 Awards & Announces 2020 Finalists

Wildbound Live

On January 24, the National Book Critics Circle held its first ever virtual awards ceremony, honoring the 2019 award winners. Directly after the ceremony, committee chairs announced the finalists for publishing year 2020. The event was produced by Wildbound Live. Stream it now via Crowdcast. Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program. Produced by

AWP: Edwidge Danticat and Sarah M. Broom on Finding Home

Two National Book Critics Circle award winning writers, Haitian-born Edwidge Danticat and New Orleanian native Sarah M. Broom, read from their work and engage in a conversation about finding home, their inspiration, research, evolving forms, the unique challenges of writing in these times, and the imaginative process that shapes their originality, what awards mean to

NBCC Awards Ceremony

Wildbound Live

In partnership with the New School Creative Writing program and others, and produced by Wildbound Live. View the programs for the readings of finalists and the awards ceremony, and watch the show here.

Hamnet: A Virtual Afternoon with Maggie O’Farrell and Colette Bancroft

NBCC Vice President/Secretary Colette Bancroft will be in conversation with Maggie O'Farrell about her novel Hamnet, which won the NBCC Fiction award, at a virtual event sponsored by Books & Books on Sunday, June 13, at 1:00 pm Eastern. You can register for this free event here.


Racial Consciousness in Literary Criticism

                                (L-R): David Mura, Lisa Teasley, Myriam Gurba, Erik Gleibermann Just as astute fiction writers build their racial awareness to portray racial realities outside their own, discerning literary critics can develop such awareness to review books with unfamiliar racial experience.

The Guild Literary Complex and the National Book Critics Circle at the Printers Row Lit Fest

The Guild Literary Complex and the National Book Critics Circle present: Exhibit B No. 8 - Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. Exhibit B is an experimental performance series featuring accessible, multimodal art by diverse, community-conscious artists in Chicago and beyond. This performance—the collective's eighth—will be at Printer's Row Lit Fest and feature performances by Ignatius Valentine

Montana Book Festival: Mining Violence: Writing The Contemporary West

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, 1:00 pm Mountain Time The Montana Book Festival and the National Book Critics Circle are hosting a conversation with Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and Kristiana Kahakauwila about how the history (read: violence) of the American West is mined in order to write contemporary literature toward and about the region today. NBCC

NBCC Conversations: Institutional Inequities

  A 40-minute conversation and a 20-minute moderator-led Q&A between Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (The Disordered Cosmos, 2021), Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know, 2019 Finalist for NBCC Award for Autobiography), Lacy M. Johnson (The Reckonings, 2018 Finalist for NBCC Award for Criticism). Moderator: Ruben Quesada, NBCC Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Free.  7:00 pm


Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event

The Center for Fiction 15 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

When: Wednesday, September 29 from 7:30 to 8:30pm Where: The Center For Fiction, auditorium Proof of vaccination and masks required Join the National Book Critics Circle for an evening of readings from John Leonard Prize for Best First Book finalists/winners Raven Leilani, Julia Phillips, and Brandon Taylor, hosted by Maris Kreizman.  We’ll see you IRL* to

Litquake Event: Alternative Histories

The American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by Yerba Buena Community Benefit District Co-presented by The National Book Critics Circle Join author Ricco Villanueva Siasoco in a conversation with three debut novelists about the process of building alternative histories of the American West, from the Gold Rush through World War I. Patty Enrado’s A Village in the Fields highlights a compelling but buried

Starting a Lit Mag: The NBCC’s Adam Dalva in Conversation with Astra Magazine

    On Thursday, November 18th at 8 PM EST, Adam Dalva will moderate a conversation with the team of a new forthcoming magazine, Astra Magazine. Editor-in-Chief Nadja Spiegelman (former web editor of the Paris Review), Deputy Editor Sam Rutter, and Poetry Editor Aria Aber will give a behind the scenes look at the work that goes

The Art of Reviewing Literature in Translation


The National Book Critics Circle is pleased to announce that it will be launching a new prize for work in translation starting with the 2022 publishing year. The Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize will honor the best book of any genre translated into English and published in the United States. In honor of the