Literary Reviewing in the Digital Age

Bethanne Patrick (Book Riot), Ron Charles (Washington Post), Sarah Weinman (Publishers Marketplace), Bob Carlton (Kirkus Reviews)
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Does a divide exist between the digerati and the literati, and is it growing? Has the Internet helped or hindered literary criticism? And, what does the future hold for book reviewing? Join the Book Maven herself, Bethanne Patrick as she hosts a panel of the book world’s best critics for a fun and thought-provoking look at literary reviewing in the digital age.

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Bethanne Patrick

Book Riot

Bethanne Patrick is Executive Editor of Book Riot, a web site for engaged readers about today’s book culture.

Her Twitter bio cheekily notes that Bethanne is “The Artist Formerly Known as @TheBookMaven,” an account that has grown to over 135K followers and is now the official Twitter account for her book-promotion business and popular meme, @FridayReads.

Bethanne’s second book with National Geographic was released last October: “An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World.”

  • Photo credit: Mark Thiessen, National Geographic
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Ron Charles

Washington Post

Ron Charles is the deputy editor of The Washington Post Book World and a weekly fiction critic. He recently launched The Totally Hip Video Book Review series on The Post website. In 2008, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism. Before coming to The Post in 2005, he was the Books editor at The Christian Science Monitor. He and his wife, an English teacher, live in Bethesda with their two daughters.

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Sarah Weinman

Publishers Marketplace

Sarah Weinman is the News Editor for Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch. Previously she was the publishing industry reporter for DailyFinance, and also writes a monthly crime fiction column for the Los Angeles Times and a monthly cultural Q&A for Currency, the American Express-owned personal finance site. She has contributed to many print and online publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Maclean’s, the Daily Beast, and the National Post, and she has appeared regularly on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth” and Minnesota Public Radio’s “Midmorning.” She lives in New York.

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Bob Carlton

Kirkus Reviews

Bob Carlton loves readers, writers & the digital world that is emerging around us.

He is the VP & Publisher for Kirkus, an 80 year-old business that helps readers discover books & authors get their books discovered. In his more than 25 years in publishing, Bob has been an author, an avid reader – as well as playing executive roles at the forefront of digital publishing. He was part of the launch team for CourseSmart, the leading e-book company in higher education, which was founded and supported by the five leading publishers. Carlton was also senior vice president for business development at Thomson Learning (now Cengage), where he negotiated strategic relationships with several leading e-Learning companies to distribute the company’s offerings worldwide.

Carlton has also held senior positions with information providers and publishers such as Electronic Data Systems, WetFeet, News Corp, and Harcourt. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and statistics from Texas A&M University.

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Aptara
  • Bowker
  • Connotate
  • HP
  • Jouve North America
  • LibreDigital
  • Malloy
  • MarkLogic
  • Random House, Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Baker & Taylor
  • The BookMasters Group
  • Constellation
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Mashery
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfram
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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