F220. The Art of the Book Review

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Thousands of books are published each year. We're led to many of them by intelligent, engaging, well-made book reviews, which not only investigate and articulate the mysteries and pleasures a literary text offers, but also please the reader with their style. Five widely published writers/critics/editors discuss the review as a genre in its own right, a unique form that offers—and invites—critical reflection, raises the level of public discourse, and establishes professional reputation.



Joseph Salvatore is books editor at the Brooklyn Rail and a frequent reviewer at the New York Times Book Review. He is an associate professor of writing at The New School, founding editor of their literary journal LIT, and the author of the story collection To Assume a Pleasing Shape.

Carolyn Kellogg is Books Editor at the LA Times. She assigns and edits all books coverage, online and in print, for the largest newspaper on the west coast. She also helps steer the paper's Festival of Books, the nation's largest literary festival. Her literary coverage is award winning.

Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, editor, and book reviewer. He’s the author of Zero Saints, Hungry Darkness, and Gutmouth. His reviews have appeared in a plethora of venues and he is the book review editor for PANK.

Scott Esposito is the author of The Surrender and coauthor of The End of Oulipo?. He is editor-in-chief of The Quarterly Conversation, a senior editor to Two Lines, and a contributing editor to BOMB

Siddhartha Deb is the author of The Beautiful and the Damned, winner of the PEN Open award and a finalist for the Orwell Prize. A columnist for The Baffler and The New York Times Book Review and contributing editor to The New Republic, his writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, and n+1.


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