Podcast: NBCC at BEA: Book Reviews Online

by David Varno | May-27-2011

The National Book Critics Circle conversation about "Book Reviews Online" at Book Expo America drew from the expertise of  panelists from the New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, The Book, The New Republic's online review, & Publishers Weekly. Editors updated the audience on the new form in which many reviews and author interviews reach readers (iPad applications, for instance), and how their publications use podcasts, video, expanded online content and Facebook and Twitter to push the word out. 

Book Reviews Online

May 27, 2011, length: 47:54

The panelists, clockwise from top:

Isaac Chotiner is the executive editor of The Book: An Online Review at The New Republic. He has written essays for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and other publications.

Jennifer B. McDonald is responsible for assigning both fiction and nonfiction reviews at The New York Times Book Review, where she has been an editor since 2007. She joined The New York Times as an editor on its National desk in 2005, and before that worked as an editor at both The Washington Post and CNET News.com in San Francisco, one of the first online-only news organizations in the country. In addition to writing the occasional review and blog post (she’s been blogging, on and off, since 2001), she is a mentor with the New York-based nonprofit Girls Write Now. She lives in Brooklyn.

Parul Sehgal is a Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly and a freelance book critic. She was the 2010 recipient of the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.

Lucas Wittmann worked at W.W. Norton before becoming books editor of The Daily Beast two years ago; he now handles that role for Newsweek, as well.

Moderated by Jane Ciabattari, NBCC Vice President/Online
Introduction by Eric Banks, NBCC President

(Podcast begins with Isaac Chotiner, first to discuss innovations in online content.)


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