Tonight: NBCC to salute small presses

The National Book Critics Circle will celebrate Small Press Month at the NYU Bookstore with a panel discussion moderated by Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert at 6:00 p.m. tonight. The bookstore is located at 726 Broadway. The public may call (212) 998-4667 for additional information.

Moderated by NBCC board member Barbara Hoffert, Editor of Library
Journal’s “Prepub Alert” feature, the panel will discuss the unique
challenges that face the critics who review small-press books. Joining Ms.
Hoffert will be John Reed, NBCC board member and Book Review Editor of The
Brooklyn Rail, plus freelance critics, small-press supporters, and NBCC
members Tim W. Brown, John Madera, and John Deming.

One important issue the panel will confront is the declining number of
newspaper and magazine pages devoted to reviewing books generally and
small-press books in particular. Helping to fill this void is the
burgeoning number of online review outlets, as well as intellectual and
academic journals, both new and old, that are striving to keep the
small-press tradition alive. The panelists are critics, essayists,
editors, novelists, and poets who are dedicated to preserving the small
press and to keeping the critical conversation going among writers,
critics, and readers.

Small Press Month is a nationwide celebration highlighting the valuable
work produced by independent publishers. Held annually in March, Small
Press Month raises awareness about the need for broader venues of literary
expression, showcasing some of the most diverse, exciting, and significant
voices being published today.

Barbara Hoffert (moderator) is Editor of Library Journal’s popular “Prepub
Alert” feature, which previews major book releases four months in advance
of publication. She was president of the National Book Critics Circle for
three years, having been a board member for six years, and she was chair
of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User
Services Association) division of the American Library Association. In
2006, she won ALA-RUSA’s Louis Shores’ Greenwood Publishing Group award
for excellence in reviewing.

John Reed has seen his work published in Art in America, Open City,
Artnet, Artforum, Paper Magazine, New York Press, Time Out New York, BOMB
Magazine, Playboy, and elsewhere. He’s the author of the novels A Still
Small Voice (Delacorte), The Whole (MTV/Simon & Schuster), Snowball’s
Chance (Roof), All the World’s a Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare
(Penguin/Plume), and the recent Tales of Woe (MTV Press). A member of the
NBCC board, he is an Associate Creative Writing Professor at New School
University and the Book Review Editor of The Brooklyn Rail.

Tim W. Brown is the author of four novels, Deconstruction Acres, Left of
the Loop, Walking Man, and Second Acts (which won the 2010 London Book
Festival Award for General Fiction). His reviews have appeared in Rain
Taxi Review of Books, Small Press Review, The Bloomsbury Review, American
Book Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and numerous other journals. From
2004-2009, he served on the board of the Small Press Center, and he is a
member of the National Book Critics Circle, specializing in reviewing
small-press publications. He earns his living as a writer at Bloomberg

John Madera edits the blog Big Other, a forum on contemporary writing and
culture, and the journal The Chapbook Review. A member of the National
Book Critics Circle, he is published widely in print and online, most
recently in The Brooklyn Rail, The Collagist, The Believer, Opium
Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and The Prairie Journal: A Magazine
of Canadian Literature, and forthcoming in The Review of Contemporary
Fiction. He is editing a collection of essays on the craft of writing.

John Deming is Editor in Chief of Coldfront Magazine, which covers
contemporary poetry and lyricism. He is a member of the National Book
Critics Circle, and his own poems and reviews have appeared in Boston
Review, Verse Daily, The Best American Poetry blog, POOL, American Poetry
Journal and elsewhere. Since its inception in 2006, Coldfront has made a
special effort to cover work published by small presses and has published
reviews of more than 400 small-press books.

–from Press Release