S269A. Beyond Free Books: The Surprising Perks of Book Reviewing

Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


This panel explores some of the less obvious benefits of reviewing books for publication, from artistic fulfillment, to landing paid gigs, to getting to know people in publishing, to just being a good literary citizen. Our panelists each writes reviews for esteemed publications—sometimes for pay, other times not—and they draw from their experiences to pass along what others might not know or understand about the various upsides of the practice.



Art Edwards is a writer whose book reviews have appeared in Salon, Colorado Review, the Los Angeles Review, the Rumpus, Entropy, the Collagist, Word Riot, JMWW, and the Nervous Breakdown. His novel Badge was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's literary contest.

Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough. She's the noir editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times.

Louis Bayard is the author of eight novels, including Lucky Strikes, Roosevelt's Beast, The Pale Blue Eye, and Mr. Timothy. He has taught at the Yale Writers Conference.

David Gutowski is a writer who publishes the Largehearted Boy literature and music website. He curates the monthly Literary BFFs series at Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore.

Ben Tanzer is the producer and host of This Podcast Will Change Your Life. He is also the author of the books Orphans, Lost in Space, SEX AND DEATH, and Be Cool, among others. He frequently speaks on the topics of social media, essay writing, and publishing and can be found online at tanzerben.com.


February 7–10, 2024
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