Thanks to the cooperation of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New School Graduate Writing Program, as well as the tireless efforts of our students and faculty, we are able to provide for you interviews with each of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Finalists concerning their selected book.

Below, watch MFA student Halle Murcek talk with the fiction winner, Ben Fountain, about his prize winning novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.


Halle Murcek is originally from the Midwest. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Denison University and is currently working toward her MFA in fiction at The New School.

For more interviews with the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award finalists visit The American Vanguard.

About The Author

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.