7:00 PM19:00

The Ever Expanding World of Literary Criticism

The National Book Critics Circle is delighted to present a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event! 

Writing about books -- starting conversations about a novel, a poem, a literary career -- combines passion with dedication. Five active literary and cultural critics, all members of the National Book Critics Circle board, discuss the art of writing about books. These panelists differ in background and experience; some write for legacy newspapers, others for online venues. All represent criticism as an engaging activity that challenges each to be perpetually in search of the new.


NBCC President Tom Beer, Books Editor, New York Newsday


Jane Ciabattari (BBC, NPR, The Literary Hub

Michele Filgate (Salon, Paris Review, The Literary Hub, O Magazine)

Michael Miller (Bookforum)

Walton Muyumba (The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News)

 Kate Tuttle (Boston Globe, Washington Post, Dame)


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3:30 PM15:30

NBCC at Center for Fiction: Race, Gender, and Book Reviews

NBCC board member Walton Muyumba led a conversation about racial and gender representation in book reviewing. Among the questions engaged were: What do the VIDA numbers explain about the health of American publishing? Does the American reading public actually benefit from gender and racial parity in publishing? And should book review editors and book reviewers worry about sociological concerns like gender and racial diversity?

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