⇢Nona A. Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: William Deresiewicz


Nona A. Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: William Deresiewicz

From the NBCC: The National Book Critics Circle presents the Nona A. Balakian Citation each year to honor outstanding work by an NBCC critic. Named for a founding member of the NBCC, the award carries a $1,000 cash prize for the first time this year, thanks to the generous support by NBCC member Gregg Barrios. This year's recipient is author and critic William Deresiewicz. A graduate of Columbia University, Deresiewicz is contributing writer at The Nation and a contributing editor of The New Republic and The American Scholar, where he also authors a weekly column, All Points. He previously taught at Yale University. Deresiewicz is the author of A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. He lives in Portland, Oregon. This year's finalists for the Balakian Citation are Abigail Deutsch, Lev Grossman, Garth Risk Hallberg, and Kathryn Harrison.

María Richardson González-Arechiga, on behalf of the New School Graduate Writing Program and the NBCC, discusses the work of William Deresiewicz, the winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.  The interview was conducted via video chat on 1/20/13.


María Richardson González-Arechiga is an MFA student with a concentration in Poetry at The New School Graduate Writing Program.

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