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Six New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.

My World Of Flops: Elmo loves you, but isn’t crazy about this box-office case file #78 The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following. Like seemingly all Americans over the past half-century or so, I grew up with the puppet oddballs of Jim Henson and company. Show More Summary

President Obama’s Reading List

Writers and books that Mr. Obama mentioned in his interview about literature with the Times’s chief book critic, Michiko Kakutani.

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced: Full List Of Award Nominees

The National Book Critics Circle has announced their finalists for their 2016 awards. The announcement was made on Tuesday, January 17, and revealed the 30 finalists in six categories- autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Show More Summary

NBCC awards finalists

The finalists for the (American) National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced. There are quite a few categories -- fiction, 'general nonfiction', biography, autobiography, criticism, and poetry -- but I'm afraid that noneShow More Summary

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016. In addition, Margaret AtwoodShow More Summary

Announcing the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

National Book Critics Circle has announced their 30 finalists in six categories–autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry–for the outstanding books of 2016. The awards will be presented on March 16, 2017, in New York City. The finalists! In poetry! Are! POETRY Ishion Hutchinson, House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) Tyehimba Jess, […]

Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith Are Among the Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The finalists have been announced for this year’s National Book Critics Circle Awards. In the nonfiction category, last year’s National Book Award winner, Ibram X. Kendi, is recognized alongside Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, and the fiction section is filled out with literary stars like Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, ... More »

‘Y: The Last Man,’ one of the best comic books ever, is on the brink of becoming an FX show

With the recent announcement from FX at a Television Critics Association event that the network is close to receiving a script for the in-development “Y: The Last Man,” is it possible we are one step closer to finally seeing a live-action adaptation of one of the greatest comic book stories ever told? Perhaps even more […]

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On Tuesday, January 17, the National Book Critics Circle listed the finalists for their award for outstanding books published in 2016. The finalists are in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The awards will be given to the winners on March 16, 2017, in New York City....

Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon Among National Book Critics Circle Finalists

Jane Mayer and Ann Patchett are also among the 30 finalists in six categories.

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Include Chabon, Patchett, Smith

The National Book Critics Circle Finalists have announced their finalists and they include many of Flavorwire’s favorite books of the year. Special awards are going to Margaret Atwood for lifetime achievement, Yaa Gyasi for her debut novel Homegoing, and Flavorwire alumna Michelle Dean for criticism. Read the full list at the NBCC website.  Fiction Michael […]

The Audacious "Something Wild" Comes to Criterion Blu-ray

When Jack Garfein's “Something Wild” was released in 1961, it was mostly savaged by critics, roundly ignored by audiences and quickly slipped into obscurity. It didn’t turn up in revival houses, mentions in reference books were scarce...Show More Summary

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced, And There's One Huge Snub

Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, Louise Erdrich, Ann Patchett, Jane Mayer, Robert Pinsky, Marion Coutts, and Peter Orner are there; Margaret Atwood's getting a lifetime achievement award - but conspicuously missing is one of 2016's biggest successes, a National Book Award winner and Oprah pick.

National Book Critics Circle announces finalists, but misses one of the biggest novels of 2016

The National Book Critics Circle selected the finalists in six categories and announced three other prizewinners Tuesday, but managed to miss one of the biggest books of 2016. “The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead has already won the National Book Award for fiction and been an Oprah pick...

GUEST POST: The Island of Misfit Toys by Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J Sullivan is a favorite guest at Fantasy Book Critic. In celebration of the cover reveal for The Age of Swords which occurred on December 14, 2016 right here at Fantasy Book Critic, Michael J Sullivan has decided to stop by and talk about where he finds the inspiration for some of his stories. Show More Summary

Critic's Notebook: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.

Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him

Michiko Kakutani, our chief book critic, met with Mr. Obama to discuss the books and writers that have influenced his life and presidency.

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