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Course :  The Center For Fiction -- Lectures and Readings

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  • Date posted : Jan 01, 1970


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The National Book Critics Circle is in the fourth year of "NBCC Reads," a survey that polls the membership, along with former NBCC winners and finalists. This spring's question: What's your favorite comic novel? The question was inspired by this past year's awards in fiction--NBCC fiction award winner Jennifer Egan's at-times hilarious A Visit from the Goon Squad (which also won this year's Pulitzer and the Los Angeles Times book award in fiction) and Irish writer Paul Murray's darkly comic Skippy Dies, an NBCC fiction finalist. A panel of those who contributed—Beth Gutcheon, Parul Sehgal, and Rob Spilman, moderated by Jane Ciabattari—came together for a discussion of comic novels from Muriel Spark to Evelyn Waugh to "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

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