The 2018 finalists for the National Book Critics Circle were announced January 22, recognizing Jewish writers Stephen Greenblatt, for his book “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics”, Rachel Kushner’s novel “Mars Room” and Adam Winkler’s “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.” While we can’t help but bask in the tribal naches of these accolades, the Forward is pleased that one of its own was in the running for one of the Circle’s top distinctions.
Our contributing book critic, Julia M. Klein, was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She was previously nominated for this honor in 2017.
Klein, who has been writing for the Forward since 2011, was one of four finalists for the citation, which was awarded to Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s “Fresh Air.”
For her five-entry submission, Klein included three reviews she wrote for the Forward on, respectively, Paul Goldberg’s madcap sophomore novel “The Château;” Dara Horn’s “Eternal Life,” a meditation on immortality; and Katja Petrowskaja’s multi-generational memoir “Maybe Esther: A Family Story.”
Forward Contributor Julia M. Klein Receives Second National Book Critics Circle Nomination
PJ Grisar is the Forward’s culture intern. He can be reached at Grisar@Forward.com.