Most writers write book reviews at some point in their careers. Emerging writers are encouraged to break into publishing through book reviews; established writers turn to reviewing as a vital aspect of literary citizenship. But book reviewing can be much more than a way to advance a career. At their most thoughtful, reviews move beyond a commercial, a PSA or a letter of recommendation; they become essayistic, requiring both thought and art.
In this interactive session we will discuss different ways of approaching both reviews and review essays, addressing theoretical issues as well as practical concerns, from picking a book to review to pitching to publishing.