They’ll Never Take My Lit Crit

April 29th, 2007 by Rachel

Want to see your name alongside names like Michael Connelly, Denis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Gary Shteyngart, Fay Weldon, Julia Glass, and AM Homes? Good. Plunk it down right here.

As you may have noticed, newspaper book sections are shrinking, shriveling, and disappearing in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and other cities around the country. The National Book Critics Circle is mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. They recently launched a Campaign to Save Book Reviews, and they’re reaching out to everyone who cares about books and thoughtful literary criticism. The campaign includes the petition you just signed (right?!), tips for getting involved, and some interesting blog content by the likes of Rick Moody, George Saunders, and Nadine Gordimer—a heady blur of pros and recreational users, just the way we like it. We also like their reaction roundups, which don’t discount the growing role of book blogs and the changing needs of readers.

Add your two cents here, or just put it towards the 39 you’ll need to write your friendly local newspaper editor.

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