NBCC Readings 2016

Video by Kevin Kino

In order of appearance:

John Leonard Prize

Kirstin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas (W.W. Norton & Company)


Ross Gay, Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn (Penguin)

Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions)

Frank Stanford, What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford (Copper Canyon Press); read by editor Michael Wiegers


Leo Damrosch, Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake (Yale University Press)

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (Graywolf)


Terry Alford, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Oxford University Press)

Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Random House)

T.J. Stiles, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (Alfred A. Knopf)

Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (Harper)

Karin Wieland, Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives (Liveright); read by Shelley Frisch, translator


Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World (Grand Central Publishing)

Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

George Hodgman, Bettyville (Viking)

Margo Jefferson, Negroland (Pantheon)


Ari Berman, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Jill Leovy, Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (Spiegel & Grau)

Brian Seibert, What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies (Riverhead)

Valeria Luiselli, The Story of My Teeth, translated by Christina MacSweeney (Coffee House Press)

Anthony Marra, The Tsar of Love and Techno (Hogarth)

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen (Penguin Press)