- This roundtable session featured two traditional book review editors, one online book review editor, the book reviews editor for a journal, and the editor-in-chief at Princeton University Press:
- Brigitta van Rheinberg, Princeton University Press
John Palattella, The Nation
Sarah Covington, Renaissance Quarterly
Timothy Michael Law, Marginalia Review of Books
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University and Dissent
Chair: David Bell, Princeton University
- Rheinberg started us off with context on how the publicity game has changed for authors, whether you're working with a university or trade press.
- Along with changing expectations for authors, publicists' jobs are now different, too:
- This poses challenges but also opportunities. In passing, Rheinberg mentioned a theme that would come up repeatedly in this session: the "democratization" of the book review.
- Next up, John Palattella (whose name every single one of the live-tweeters, myself included, misspelled) surveyed the landscape from the perspective of The Nation.
- Both @mauracunningham and I noted an odd media conservatism in these discussions. The assumption of the panel seemed to be that since traditional print media was dying, the book review was in trouble, too. And yet, while the message of the session was what that book reviewing is actually fairly vibrant, new outlets, like online reviews, book reviewing podcasts, blogs, etc., seemed an afterthought for most of the panelists. Instead, everybody was really, really excited about the Wall Street Journal's dedication to book reviewing.