Nona Balakian (Constantinople, September 4, 1918 - New York City, April 5, 1991) was a literary critic and an editor at the New York Times Sunday Book Review. She served on the Pulitzer Prize committee and was a board member of the Authors Guild and the Pen Club as well as a founder of the National Book Critics Circle, whose Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is named for her.
Balakian in 1937
|Born||September 4, 1918|
|Died||August 12, 1991 (aged 72)|
|Known for||Editor at the New York Times Sunday Book Review, founder of the National Book Critics Circle|
|Relatives||Grigoris Balakian (granduncle) |
Anna Balakian (sister)
Peter Balakian (nephew)
She and her sister, Anna Balakian, a literary critic and professor at New York University who died in 1997, were members of a literary circle that also included the playwright William Saroyan and the diarist Anaïs Nin. The Balakian sisters were the grandnieces of the archbishop and Armenian genocide survivor Grigoris Balakian and the aunts of the poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Balakian.
- Grace Glueck (August 15, 1997). "Anna Balakian, 82, a Professor of Comparative Literature". The New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- Peter Balakian, Black Dog of Fate (BasicBooks, 1997), family tree on two unnumbered pages (several pages before page 1)