F217. The Art of the Book Review

Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Thousands of books are published each year. We are lead to many of them by engaging, knowing reviews. A well-written review will investigate the mysteries deep reading affords, and it will please as well as inform, because it has style. The five widely published writers/critics on this panel 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.



Tony Leuzzi's Radiant Losses won the 2010 New Sins Prize for Poetry. In 2012, his collection of interviews with American poets, Passwords Primeval, was published. In April 2014, The Burning Door, his third collection of poems, will be published. He is a widely published reviewer of books.

Michael Klein's first book of poems, 990 tied with James Schuyler to win the Lambda Literary Award in 1993. His new book of poems is The Talking Day and he has published two books of autobiographical prose. He currently writes for the Los Angeles Book Review and teaches at Goddard College.

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books, most recently To Keep Love Blurry: Poems and Cradle Book: Stories and Fables. He works as Director of Digital Operations at Publishers Weekly, has served on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and teaches at NYU and the New School.

Darcey Steinke has published five books. Three have been New York Times notables. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She currently teaches at Princeton University and at the American University of Paris.

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. An assistant professor at The New School, he founded their literary journal, LIT.


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