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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

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REGISTER: The Critic As Artist Panel Followed by 2021 NBCC Award Announcements

January 20, 2022. 7 pm EST Please join President David Varno and the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors for a virtual panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing followed by the announcement of the Balakian award by 2015 winner Carlos Lozada and of the finalists for

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AWP22 Philadelphia: Celebrating the John Leonard Award With the National Book Critics Circle

Top row, L-R: Raven Leilani (photo by Nina Stubin), Carmen Maria Machado (photo by Art Streiber). Bottom row, L-R: Kirstin Valdez Quade (photo by Holly Andres), David Varno. Friday, March 25, 2022, 3:20pm-4:35 pm Eastern. A Literary Partner event. Celebrating the National Book Critics Circle's First Book Award A literary partner featured event focused on

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NBCC at AWP22 On Comics Criticism: Graphic Novels as Both Literature and Pop

121BC, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

121BC, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level Saturday, March 26, 2022 12:10 pm to 1:25 pm Eastern The medium of comics is well-established as presenting works of literary value, but critical writing can be mired in a defensive position (not just for kids; not just illustration; not just a fad). Critics and culture writers discuss

Celebrating the NBCC’s Emerging Critics: How Is a Book Critic Made?

Celebrating the NBCC’s Emerging Critics: How is a Book Critic Made? A conversation featuring the NBCC’s Emerging Critics Past and Present. Thursday, April 7th at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT. Online.   With Emerging Critics Fellowship program founder, past NBCC president, and current board member Elizabeth Taylor and Emerging Critics from each cohort, describing how

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Brooklyn Book Festival: A Bookend Event with Debut Authors

John Leonard Prize winners and nominees Torrey Peters, Larissa Pham, and Kirstin Valdez Quade join the National Book Critics Circle to talk about what happens after the debut. How have their careers changed? What are they working on now? What are some problems they've encountered as they've begun to contemplate what's next? Moderated by NBCC

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Criticism in Isolation: An NBCC Craft Panel


  Criticism in Isolation looks at one book, reviewed from multiple angles, to put readers in the minds of critics and showcase the many different ways to write a review. In this discussion, critics discuss their approach to reviewing Margo Jefferson’s Constructing a Nervous System. Register here: Our panelists include: Walton Muyumba, Former NBCC

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2022 NBCC Awards Finalists Announcement

Wildbound Live

Join us as we announce our finalists for the 2022 NBCC Awards—in fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism—as well as for the John Leonard Prize for the best first book in any genre, the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award and Toni Morrison Achievement Award, and the