F132. The Art of the Book Review

Gold Salon 1, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


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 will discuss the review as a genre in its own right, a unique artistic form that contributes to the formation of taste, raises the level of public discourse, and establishes critical reputation.



Joseph Salvatore is the author of To Assume a Pleasing Shape. He is the book review editor at the Brooklyn Rail and a frequent reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Book Review. He is an assistant professor of writing at The New School, in Manhattan, where he founded their literary journal, LIT.

Helen Schulman is the author of the novels This Beautiful Life, A Day at the Beach, P.S., The Revisionist, and Out of Time, and the short story collection Not a Free Show. She coedited the anthology Wanting a Child. She is presently a professor of writing at The New School.

Courtney Maum is the author of the acclaimed novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You  and the chapbook Notes from Mexico. A screenwriter, she's also the book reviewer for Electric Literature’s satirical Celebrity Book Review and the 2022-based news outlet Sirens. @cmaum

Tony Leuzzi's Radiant Losses won the 2010 New Sins Prize for Poetry. In 2012, BOA Editions released Passwords Primeval, Leuzzi's interviews with 20 American poets. The Burning Door is his third collection of poems. He is a widely published reviewer of books.

Scott Cheshire is the author of the novel High as the Horses' Bridles. His work has been published in AGNI, Electric Literature, Guernica, Harper’s, One Story, and the Picador Book of Men


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