Maureen Corrigan Maureen Corrigan is a book critic for Fresh Air.

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Maureen Corrigan

Book Critic, Fresh Air

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, is The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America.

Corrigan served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her book So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures was published by Little, Brown in September 2014. Corrigan is represented by Trinity Ray at The Tuesday Lecture Agency: trinity@tuesdayagency.com

Corrigan's literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading! was published in 2005. Corrigan is also a reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post's Book World. In addition to serving on the advisory panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, she has chaired the Mystery and Suspense judges' panel of the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize.

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Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

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Tom Hanks And Matthew Weiner Cross Over Into The World Of Fiction

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'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

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Collection Puts A Playful, Pulpy Twist On Preposterous Stories About Obama

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Jennifer Egan's 'Manhattan Beach' Is A Gorgeous Tribute To NYC And Its Seaport

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Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life

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Adolescent Friendship Fades Away In Claire Messud's Gothic 'Burning Girl'

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'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

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'What She Ate' Reveals The Plates And Palates Of 6 Notable Women

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New Chester Himes Biography Reveals A Life As Wild As Any Detective Story

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2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

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'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

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Despite A Strong Start, 'Modern Gods' Falls Short Of Its Promise

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2 Families Cruise Toward Catastrophe In 'Do Not Become Alarmed'

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