September, 2019

Patti Smith, Ann Patchett and more book reviews and news

by Carolyn Kellogg | Sep-30-2019

Claude Peck reviewed Patti Smith's Year of the Monkey for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Priscilla Gilman reviewed Ann Patchett's The Dutch House for the Boston Globe.

Heller McAlpin reviewed Patchett’s The Dutch House and Leslie Jamison’s Make It Scream, Make It Burn for NPR, and Emma Donoghue’s Akin for The Barnes and Noble Review.

NBCC Emerging Critic Rochelle Spencer talked to a number of writers, including Alexander Chee, about the tarot for Lithub and also reviewed Ebony Elizabeth Thomas's The Dark Fantastic for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Michael Adam Carroll reviewed two books for Ploughshares -- Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Water Dancer and The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa -- and The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar for The Believer.

NBCC board member Lori Feathers recommends works in translation at Words without Borders.

Zach Graham recommended books on BBC Radio 4.

Peggy Kurkowski reviewed Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World by Emma Southon for Open Letters Review.

Hamilton Cain reviewed two books for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Eric Foner's The Sound Founding and Petina Gappah's Out of Darkness, Shining Light.

Jean Huets reviewed Inland by Téa Obreht at Ron Slate’s On the Seawall.

Lisa Peet talked to Dina Nayeri about her book The Ungrateful Refugee at Bloom.

Jennifer Solheim interviewed Amanda Goldblatt about her debut novel Hard Mouth for The Fiction Writers Review.

Kirsche Romo reviewed the essay collection Burn It Down for the Washington Independent Review of Books; Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff for The Big Thrill; and two books for BookTrib, The Tower of Songs by Casey Barrett and The Ventriloquists by E. R. Ramzipoor.

Former NBCC Emerging Critic Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers reviewed five books for Foreward Reviews: Jung Young Moon’s Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River, Hebe Uhart’s The Scent of Buenos Aires, Maya Ombasic’s Mostarghia, Ronit Matalon’s And the Bride Closed the Door and Margarita Khemlin’s Klotsvog.

David R. Altman reviewed the Robin Williams biography Robin by David Itzkoff for the Pickens County Progress.

Pam Munter reviewed George Takei's graphic memoir for all ages They Called Us Enemy for Fouth & Sycamore.


NBCC member Kimberly King Parsons' short story colletion Black Light was longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction.

Meg Waite Clayton's novel The Last Train to London was published Sept. 10 by HarperCollins.

Clea Simon’s 2017 “World Enough” (Severn House, 2017) was named one of 10 fiction “must reads” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book at their 18th annual book awards.

Jane Ciabattari's short story "Acqua Alta" was published in Big Other.  

Jean Huets' poetic riff on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass was published in North American Review

Photo: Patti Smith performing at Provinssirock festival, Seinäjoki, Finland in 2007.

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Where do you read? It’s the latest from the members of the NBCC

by Carolyn Kellogg | Sep-22-2019

Where do you read: On the subway? In a park? At a table? At the Washington Post, NBCC board member Mark Athitakis asks, Where do you read? His answer: The mall. 

NBCC board member Marion Winik is pleased to welcome her new book, The Big Book of the Dead (Counterpoint), into the world on September 17. The book is also available as an audiobook read by the author. Also, Winik reviewed Margaret Atwood's The Testaments for Newsday, and interviewed Rachel Monroe about Savage Appetites for the Baltimore Fishbowl.

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn reviewed Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire by Susan Ronald for Newsday.

Heller McAlpin reviewed Jacqueline Woodson's Red At The Bone for NPR Books and Rachel Cusk's Coventry, also for NPR Books.

Jake Cline reviewed Patti Smith's The Year of the Monkey for the Washington Post and wrote about Kathleen Jamie’s Surfacing and Terry Tempest Williams’ Erosion for the Atlantic.

Benjamin Woodard reviewed Wang Anyi's novel Fu Ping for Words Without Borders

Joan Frank reviewed Lara Prescott's novel The Secrets We Kept for the Washington Post.

Dean Rader reviewed Bill Berkson's A Frank O'Hara Notebook for The Rumpus.

Scott McLemee reviewed two books at Inside Higher Ed: Harold Bloom's Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind and Lydia Pyne's Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff.

Julia M. Klein reviewed Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers for the Boston Globe and reviewed Goldie Goldbloom's On Division for the Forward.

Tobias Carroll wrote about Mark Haber's fiction at Music & Literature and shares new and notable titles at Words without Borders.

Jeremy Lybarger reviewed We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, 1961-1991, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, for the New Yorker.

Kevin O'Kelly reviewed Caitlin Moscatello's See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics for the Christian Science Monitor.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Ann Patchett's The Dutch House for Chapter 16.

Robert Allen Papinchak reviewed Margaret Atwood 's The Testaments for the Washington Independent Review of Books, John Marrs' The Passengers for Mystery Scene Magazine and Alice Hoffman's The World That We Knew for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Also at the Washington Independent Review of Books, Ellen Prentiss Campbell reviewed Ann Patchett's The Dutch House.

Cliff Garstang reviewed Téa Obreht's Inland for the NY Review of Books

Sarah McCraw Crow reviewed Liza Palmer’s novel The Nobodies for BookPage’s September issue.

More NBCC news:

Dean Rader is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry.

Cliff Garstang's novel The Shaman of Turtle Valley was reviewed by Virginia Living.

Jan Alexander's novel Ms. Ming's Guide to Civiliazation was published this month by Regal House Publishing.

Image: Woman Reading at a Table woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai, circa 1800. Credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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New reviews and more from the National Book Critics Circle

by Carolyn Kellogg | Sep-15-2019

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's new novel The Testaments continues to sweep across the literary landscape. Megan Labrise interviewed Atwood about The Testaments for Kirkus Reviews. Former board member Colette Bancroft considers The Testaments in her column at the Tampa Bay Times and Constance Grady reviewed The Testaments at Vox.

Nathan Wesbter reviewed Stephen King's The Institute for the Daily Beast. and Clea Simon reviewed The Institute for The Boston Globe. Simon also contributed to the Globe's fall book preview.

Hamilton Cain previewed fall books for O, the Oprah Magazine, reviewed Binyamin Appelbaum's The Economists' Hour for the Barnes & Noble Review and reviewed Etgar Keret's Fly Anyway for Chapter 16

Julia M. Klein reviewed Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's She Said for the Forward, and also the Forward she reviewed Edward Berenson's The Accusation. She also talked to Leslie Morgan about her memoir The Naked Truth for the Pennsylvania Gazette.

Ben Yagoda reviewed Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire, by Susan Ronald, for the Wall Street Journal.

Chelsea Leu wrote abut Jesse Ball's The Divers' Game, Rob Hart's The Warehouse and Bob Proehl's The Nobody People for the New York Times Book Review and also about Josie Iselin's The Curious World of Seaweed at Bay Nature.

Julia Lichtblau reviewed two books from West Africa's new wave -- Julia Wayetu Moore's She Would Be King and Ayesha Atta's The Hundred Wells of Salaga -- for Commonweal

Zack Graham wrote about Rivka Galchen's first book for young readers, Rat Rule 79, at Epiphany.

Tobias Carroll wrote about psychedelic science fiction and Erik Davis's new book High Weirdness at Polygon; at InsideHook, he interviewed Jonathan Vaughters about his memoir One Way Ticket and wrote about wrote about the new edition of Helen Cromwell's memoir Good Time Party Girl; at, he wrote about David Koepp's novel Cold Storage and Sarah Davis-Goff's Last Ones Left Alive; and at Mystery Tribune, he discussed novels by Jordy Rosenberg and Kathe Koja.

Katharine Coldiron reviewed White Flights by Jess Row for the L.A. Review of BooksSpiritual Choreographies by Carlos Labbé for On the SeawallBloomland by John Englehardt and This Tilting World by Colette Fellous for Book & Film Globe; and As a River by Sion Dayson for the Arts Fuse.

Christine Brunkhorst reviewed the novel This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Joan Gelfand reviewed the poetry collection The Jaguars that Prowl Our Dreams by Mary Mackey for Compulsive Reader.

Allen Adams reviewed two books at The Maine Edge: Stephen King's The Institute and Quichotte by Salman Rushdie.

John Domini reviewed Quichotte then talked to author Salman Rushdie for the Brooklyn Rail.

Erika Dreifus reviewed The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer for Reading Jewish Fiction.

Board member Lori Feathers interviewed Ducks, Newburyport author Lucy Ellmann for Lit Hub

And Andrew Ervin dove deep into fantasy with Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels and The Big Book of Classic Fantasy for Lit Hub.

Also at Lithub, Olga Zilberbourg wrote about a Soviet version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Natalie Bakopoulos talked to Elizabeth Ames about her debut novel The Other's Gold at Fiction Writers Review.

Lanie Tankard reviewed Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia for The Woven Tale Press.

Constance Grady considered the cult of Sally Rooney at Vox

Peggy Kurkowski reviewed The Borgias by Paul Strathern at Open Letters Review.

Eric Nguyen reviewed Blood Sisters by Kim Yideum, translated by Jiyoon Lee for Spectrum Culture and also reviewed Human Matter by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, translated by Eduardo Aparicio, for Necessary Fiction.

Member news:

Daniel Mendelsohn was interviewed by Michael Tackens at Poets & Writers about his essay collection Ecstasy and Terror, coming from NY Review Books in October. 

Tim Riley co-authored the first textbook on the music of the Beatles, What Goes On -- the Beatles Their Music in Their Time, with Walter Everett (Oxford University Press). 

Robert Birnbaum wrote on his blog, Our Man in Boston, about Norman Locke's American Novels series and the book Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker.

On her blog, Madam Mayo, C.M. Mayo published interviews with Eric Barnes about his novel Above the Ether and with Diana Anhalt about her poetry collection, Walking Backward. Mayo's short story "What Happened to the Dog?" was included in Richard Polt's anthology Escapements: Typewritten Stories from Post-Digital Worlds and her translation of Mexican writer Rose Mary Salum's short story "The Aunt" appears in the Fall issue of Catamaran Literary Reader (PDF).

Terese Svoboda's biography of poet Lola Ridge, Anything That Burns You, was featured on Irish Radio.

Hélène Cardona's translation Birnam Wood won a Readers' Favorite Award in poetry.

Margaret Atwood's new novel is The Testaments. Photo by Liam Sharp.

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Critical Notes: September 9, 2019

by David Varno | Sep-09-2019

Former board member Barbara Probst Solomon has died. She was 90. Solomon was known for her criticism, her memoir Arriving Where We Started, and her translations from the Spanish. Introducing Afred Kazin in 1996, when he was honored with the NBCC’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Solomon said, “[Kazin] subscribes to Sartre’s idea of freedom as being writing and thinking at the highest pitch. Though, indeed, much has changed for the writer since Sartre’s time, the true prestige of publishers, newspapers and magazines remains defined by the first rate work and moral integrity of the writers they publish, not the other way around.”

Fiction writer Jade Sharma has also died. She was 39. We are sad to hear the news from Catapault, where she had recently been an instructor. Her debut novel Problems was nominated for the Leonard Prize in 2016 by NBCC member Brendan Driscoll, who wrote, "Can you have... a coming-of-age novel in which the coming-of-age is tentative, hesitant, fragile? This edgy, important book insists that you can."

Member reviews

This week in book criticism, Balakian winner Maureen Corrigan reviewed The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom's memoir of revisiting her hometown of New Orleans after Katrina. "Out of the materials of memory and archival history, Broom's memoir solidly reconstructs what the forces of nature and institutionalized racism succeeded in knocking down," Corrigan wrote for NPR.

Susan Coll reviewed Nina Stibbe’s Reasons to be Cheerful for the NYTBR and Howard Jacobson's Live a Little for Moment Magazine.

Victoria Chang reviewed Carmen Giménez Smith’s book of poems, Be Recorder for On the Seawall.

Jenny Shank reviewed Edwidge Danticat's Everything Inside for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Donna Miscolta reviewed R Zamora Linmark's new YA novel The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart for the Seattle Review of Books.

Ron Slate reviewed The Hum of the World by Lawrence Kramer (Univ of CA Press) for On The Seawall.

Heller McAlpin reviewed The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine for NPR.

Diane Scharper reviewed Teilhard's Struggle, Embracing the Work of Evolution, by Kathleen Duffy in the The New Criterion.

Former board member and Balakian recipient Steven G. Kellman reviewed Lara Prescott's The Secrets We Kept for the Texas Observer.

Julia M. Klein reviews Richard Crawford's Summertime for the Forward and Charles King's Gods of the Upper Air for Sapiens.

Anita Felicelli reviewed Susan Straight's In the Country of Women for Datebook.

Kathleen Rooney published an essay at the Poetry Foundation on Ali Liebegott's Summer of Dead Birds.

Nicole Rudick wrote about reading Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights for The New York Review of Books online.

Jeffrey Mannix reviewed Throw Me to the Wolves by Patrick McGuinness in his Murder Ink column for the Durango Telegraph in Durango, Colorado.

Alexis Burling rounded up two books by SF Bay Area authors for the San Francisco ChronicleCantoras by Carolina De Robertis and Chimerica by Anita Felicelli.

Joe Peschel reviewed Colson Whitehead’s novel The Nickel Boys, T. C. Boyle's novel, Outside Looking In, and Karen Russell’s story collection, Orange World for the Brooklyn Rail.

Joan Silverman reviewed Jia Tolentino’s essay collection Trick Mirror for the National Book Review.

Member news

Erika Dreifus's forthcoming poetry collection, Birthright, is one of 22 "favorite books for fall" listed on the website of Alma, "for ladies with chutzpah."

Meg Waite Clayton's new novel, The Last Train to London (Harper Books, September 10, and coming in 18 translations), is a September Indie Next Good Read, a BBC Top 10 Reads for September, and one of the New York Post's fall books everyone is talking about

Jamie Brown published two poems at Sons & Daughters Literary Journal.

On her website Picking Books, Laura Sandonato writes about discovering knowledge of history through literature.

Labor Day literary links from the NBCC

by Carolyn Kellogg | Sep-01-2019

Welcome to the latest news from the Nationa Book Critics Circle! We've got reviews and more for your holiday weekend.

Elaine Szewczyk talked to humorist John Hodgman for Publishers Weekly about his upcoming memoir Medallion Status.

Danielle Trussoni recommended new horror, including Paul Tremblay's Growing Things, at the New York Times.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviewed the March Sisters essay collection at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Eric Nguyen reviewed On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong for diaCRITICS.

Jeannine Hall Gailey reviewed Lee Ann Roripaugh's poetry collection Tsunami vs the Fukushima 50 in The Rumpus.

Allen Adam reviewed three books at The Maine Edge: The Warehouse by Rob Hart, The Warlow Experience by Alix Nathan and Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? by Brock Clarke.

New member Jonathan Marks reviewed Anthony Kronman’s The Assault on American Excellence for the Washington Examiner.

Michael J. McCann reviewed Louise Penny's new crime novel A Better Man for the New York Journal of Books.

At Fourth & Sycamore, the blog of Ohio's Greenville Public Library, Pam Munter reviewed Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones.

NBCC board member Katherine A. Powers recommended a suite of audiobooks at the Washington Post.

Former NBCC board president Tom Beer wrote about Toni Morrison for Kirkus Reviews, where he is editor-in-chief.

Former NBCC board president Jane Cibatarri listed 10 books to read in September for the BBC and spoke with Rawi Hage, author of Beirut Hellfire Society, at LitHub/BookMarks.

Tim Riley reviewed Will Birch's Nick Lowe biography Cruel To Be Kind at the LA Review of Books and...

In more member news...

...Riley also updated his rock index at his website.

Richard Z. Santos has been announced as one of three judges for the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction. Finalists will be announced in mid-September, and the winner will be announced in Austin, Texas on October 24th. 

Erika Dreifus's Q&A with author R.L. Maizes (We Love Anderson Cooper), which originally appeared in The Practicing Writer newsletter, is now available on her website. 

Susan Henderson, a lifetime Member of the NBCC, appeared on Yellowstone Public Radio's Resounds to discuss her novel The Flicker of Old Dreams.

Mary Mackey's poetry collection The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams has been reviewed by PANK Magazine, The Tulsa Book Review, Dr. J. Reads and Femspec Journal, which also has reviewed her novels The Kindness of Strangers and Season of Shadows.

Photo: John Hodgman with "Medallion Status" at BookExpo 2019. Credit: Rhododendrites via Wikimedia Commons.

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August, 2019

Scads of book reviews and more from our members this week

by Carolyn Kellogg | Aug-25-2019

NBCC board president Laurie Hertzel, senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, wrote her weekly column about writers' bookshelves and reviewed the essay collection, Apple, Tree, edited by Lise Funderburg.

Board member Mark Athitakis reviewed Caleb Crain's novel Overthrow for the Washington Post

Former former board member and Balakian recipient Steven G. Kellman reviewed The Weil Conjectures by Karen Olsson for the Texas Observer. and discussed translation with Open Letter publisher Chad Post

Former board member Colette Bancroft reviewed Edwidge Danticat's new short story collection, Everything Inside, at the Tampa Bay Times, where Bancroft is Book Editor.

At the Washington Post, Elizabeth Lund recommended new poetry collections by Joy Harjo, Carmen Giménez Smith, Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Tina Chang.

Gayle Feldman remembered Toni Morrison at Publishers Weekly.

Anita Felicelli reviewed Sing a Rhythm, Dance A Blues by Monique W. Morris at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Yvonne C. Garrett reviewed two novels at the Brooklyn Rail: Oval by Elvia Wilk and The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews.

At Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee reviewed Charles Pappas's One Giant Leap: Iconic and Inspiring Space Race Inventions That Shaped History and Peter Martin's The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight Over the English Language.

Diana Arterian reviewed the poetry collection A Sand Book by Ariana Reines for the NY Times.

Kamil Ahsan reviewed Olga Tokarczuk's Drive Your Plow into the Bones of the Dead for NPR Books.

Julia M. Klein reviewed Philip Caputo's Hunter's Moon for the Chicago Tribune.

Louise Rubacky reviewed Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed by Lisa Duggan for Truthdig.

Karen Schechner talked to Lawrence Weschler about his new book about his friend Oliver Sacks -- And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? -- at Bookforum.

Zack Graham, a former NBCC Emerging Critic, wrote about Nick Antosca's fiction for Epiphany

Tobias Carroll wrote about new novels by Sarah Gailey and Craig Davidson for Mystery Tribune; reviewed Socialist Realism by Trish Low for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune; recommended new books in translation at Words without Borders; talked to Nell Zink about her novel Doxology for Bedford + Bowery; and dipped into zine culture at News to Table.

Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers reviewed two books for Foreword Review:  Naomi Shihab Nye’s poetry collection The Tiny Journalist and Emmy Kegler's nonfiction book One Coin Found.

Bridget Quinn reviewed two books for Hyperallergic: Allison Levy’s House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo and Jori Finkel’s book on artists and the art that inspires them, It Speaks to Me.

Chris Barsanti reviewed The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders at Rain Taxi.

Christoph Irmscher wrote about Rosamund Purcell's photo book Pole Dancing and reviewed Topographical Histories by Robert Polidori in the photo-focused site the Od Review. Irmscher, who is Daniel Aron's literary executor, wrote about the scholar at the Library of America.

Dana Wilde reviewed David Wallace-Wells's The Uninhabitable Earth for The Working Waterfront and wrote about more environmental concerns for Central Maine Newspapers.

Other member news and publications:

Charles Birns' new book The Hyperlocal in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literary Space is out this month from Lexington Books.

Nathaniel Popkin appeared on the radio program Life is Elsewhere discussing his novel The Year of the Return

Olga Zilberbourg's book Like Water and Other Stories will be published in September by WTAW Press.

Erica Dreifus shares the reading list for a class she'll be teaching in 21st Century Jewish Literature on her website; her poetry collection Birthright will be published this fall by Kelsay Books.

Jay Rogoff's poetry collection, Loving in Truth, will be published in 2020 by Louisiana State University Press.

NBCC Board Member Gregg Barrios is profiled in San Antonio's Local Community News.

Photo: The Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, which focuses on the work of the 16th-century printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. Credit: User Simon on Flickr.

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Funk it up with book reviews and more from our critics

by Carolyn Kellogg | Aug-19-2019

Elaine Szewczyk interviewed Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers about his forthcoming memoir, Acid for the Children, for Publisher's Weekly.

Martha Anne Toll reviewed The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom for NPR Books.

Also at NPR Books, board member Michael Schaub reviewed Tupelo Hassman's gods with a little g. Alexis Burling reviewed Hassman's novel for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Board member Carolyn Kellogg reviewed Téa Obreht's Inland for the Los Angeles Times.

Board member Mark Athitakis wrote about Howard Norman's new novel, The Ghost Clause, for the Los Angeles Review of Books

Kathleen Rooney reviewed Amanda Goldblatt's Hard Mouth for the Chicago Tribune.

Also for the Chicago Tribune, Julia M. Klein reviewed Sarah Valentine's memoir When I Was White.

Jacob Cline reviewed Gretchen McCulloch’s Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language for the Atlantic.

Sarah McCraw Crow reviewed Because Internet for Bookpage, where she also reviewed the novels Marilou is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith and The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger.

Natalia Hotlzman reviewed A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, translated by Ann Goldstein, for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Tobias Carroll reviewed Kimberly King Parsons's Black Light at the Texas Observer and interviewed Cecelia Watson about her book Semicolon at Longreads.

Kathleen Rooney reviewed Trisha Low's Socialist Realism for the Chicago Review of Books.

Peggy Kurkowski reviewed Michael Patrick Lynch's Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture, at Open Letters Review, where she also reviewed Assad or We Burn the Country by Sam Dahger in July.

Anne Charles reviewed Sara Stridsberg’s Valerie, or, The Faculty of Dreams at the Lambda Literary Review.

Jane Ciabattari interviewed Susan Straight, author of the new memoir In the Country of Women, at LitHub/BookMarks.

Tara Cheesman reviewed Anthony Horowitz' meta mystery The Sentence Is Death for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Theodore Kinni reviewed Robert Wilson’s Barnum: An American Life for strategy+business.

Michelle Newby Lancaster reviewed Rule of Capture by Christopher Brown for Lone Star Literary Life.

K. L. Romo reviewed the YA novel Lizze by Dawn Ius for Washington Independent Review of Books.

Also for the Washington Independent Review of Books, Robert Allen Papinchak reviewed Richard Russo's novel Chances Are....

Lanie Tankard reviewed Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome by Susan Levenstein, MD, for the Woven Tale Press.

Terese Svoboda reviewed of Stephanie Strickland's poetry collection How the Universe is Made for Tarpaulin Sky.

More from our members:

Svoboda's eighth book of poetry, Theatrix: Play Poems will be published by Anhinga Press in 2021.

Publisher's Weekly called Meg Waite Clayton's forthcoming The Last Train to London "standout historical fiction"; Booklist gave it a star; and it will be on the September Indie Next list. She will also be a fellow at The Writer's Lab woring on her screenplay of the story.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf was interviewed about his novel When All Else Fails.

John Domini was interviewed about his novel The Color Inside of a Melon.

Nicole Rudick wrote about Charles Schulz and Peanuts for the NewYorker online in an essay that will appear in the forthcoming Library of America anthology The Peanuts Papers.

Abby Frucht's book of poetry Maids will be published in 2020 by Matter Press.

Elaine Szewczyk, who started this update with her interview with Flea, also had a humor piece published in McSweeney's

Photo: Flea, bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, right, with singer Anthony Keidis, left, performing in Amsterdam in 1989. Credit Rob C. Croes via Wikimedia Commons.

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