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From Booklist

(Editor’s note: It is Booklist policy that a book written or edited by a staff editor receive a brief descriptive announcement rather than a full review.) Based on a series of workshops Hooper presented to public libraries across the country, Writing Reviews for Readers’ Advisory offers expert advice on the review-writing process. Chapters cover topics such as the difference between reviewing and criticism, how to determine what a book is about and how good it is, what makes a good review, and what makes a good reviewer (“No overwriting allowed”; “Be critical, not crabby”). Quotations from reviews, personal stories and anecdotes, and Hooper’s own examples, called “Hooper’s Reviews,” illustrate his points. Joyce Saricks has contributed a chapter on audiobook reviewing, “a topic of burgeoning importance”—and not the same as reviewing books. In the appendixes, Hooper explains the difference between reviews and annotations and discusses his favorite reviewers. --Mary Ellen Quinn

About the Author

Brad Hooper is the Adult Books Editor at Booklist, the flagship review journal of the American Library Association, which is published in Chicago. He has a Bachelor of Arts in European History and a Master of Science in Library Science, both degrees from Eastern Illinois University. He has also done graduate work in European History at the University of Illinois. He regularly speaks about reviewing and has conducted review-writing workshops for public librarians across the country. He is the author of The Short Story Readers' Advisory (ALA Editions, 2000); The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (Praeger, 2005); Read On...Historical Fiction, Libraries Unlimited (2006); and The Fiction of Alice Munro (Praeger, 2008.)

Product details

  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0838910173
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ALA Editions (December 22, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 22, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7L5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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