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4th July
written by Steph
Some of you may recall that a while back I mentioned in passing that I was working on a secret reading project.  Well, the time has finally come when I can reveal to all of you that I've started to write professional book reviews for BookPage, a national publication that reviews new literary releases and covers other "hot off the press" info and tidbits regarding the book publishing industry.  A publication that just so happens to be located in Nashville (lucky for me!).  BookPage is available in libraries and bookstores located across the United States, and is free of charge!  So you should totally go and pick up a copy of the July issue, which contains a copy of my first review (it's on page 11 of the print edition).  I certainly will be! This being the electronic age, however, you can also read a copy of my review of Kate Walbert's A Short History of Women here without leaving the comfort of your own home (probably a good thing for those of you located outside the USofA...).  I'd never heard of Walbert prior to being assigned her book, but I have to say, this was the first ARC I've received where I was legitimately blown away by the writing and really enjoyed the book.  And of course, after months of keeping this under wraps, I'm so excited to finally see my name in print and to be able to share this with all of you!  I'll have to refrain from ganking all the copies I find so that people other than my close family and friends can benefit from my review as well! 😉  I've been considering possibly transitioning into the publishing industry in the future when I'm done with this degree of mine, and I can only see this as a fantastic step in the right direction.  And despite the recent firestorm regarding authors publicly flaming critics who have written reviews that are less than effusive in their praise, I have nothing to fear here since my review of A Short History of Women was nothing but positive.  Phew! Anyway, please do go and give my review a looksee and let me know what you think! [For those interested, I should have another review coming out in the August issue, and I've just finished a book (though not my review... yet) that we'll hopefully cover in September...]


  1. 07/04/2009

    Congratulations on writing reviews for BookPage! That’s awesome! I brought a copy of A Short History of Women home with me today – I’ve been looking forward to reading it, but even more so now that I’ve read your positive review. Congrats again.

  2. 07/04/2009

    Congrats! You must be really excited about the new gig! Do they have you reviewing specific genres or book types or just anything that is open and nobody has claimed?

  3. Eva

    Congrats! 🙂

  4. Kay

    Congrats! I’m glad to see you found something in field that interests you. You are right to be excited! 🙂

  5. Congratulations! That is such good news! It must be really good to see your name in print.

  6. 07/05/2009

    This is so awesome! I have always thought your reviews were some of the best out there, so this seems perfectly fitting. Congratulations on the new venture, I wish you much success.

  7. 07/06/2009

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. This is really an exciting opportunity for me, especially because I get to read even more books! Plus I think it’s nice for all of us to feel like other people want to read our thoughts on what we’re reading.
    @ Eric: the Fiction Editor at BookPage creates a shortlist of all the books she’d like to have covered for a particular issue (read: all books that are coming out that month that she thinks we should cover), and then I get an email with a few of those titles on it for me to choose from. Or that’s how it used to work, as since I live not too far from the office, I sometimes just drop by when she’s made her picks and get to paw through the pile and pick what I like (first dibs!). Also, I recently started doing a bit of interning there, helping out around the office, so I’m getting to have an even bigger say in what books make the shortlist, and what I’d like to read out of those books! The vetting process is really fun, though it really emphasizes to me the whole adage “so many books, so little time (and space)!”

  8. 07/06/2009

    This is wonderful – congratulations! I’ll be clicking over right away to check out your review. And I’m already a huge fan of Kate Walbert. Have you read her Gardens of Tokyo? One of my favorite books.

  9. 07/07/2009

    I haven’t read Gardens of Tokyo – this was my first Walbert. But I really loved her prose (it was somehow both dense and sparse, and really evocative), so I’d definitely read more by her in the future. Before agreeing to review this one, I checked out some snippets from Gardens and knew I could get behind her writing, so I will have to read it at some point!

  10. 07/07/2009

    Congrats, Steph! That is so cool! You *are* a fantastic book reviewer, so obviously the publication has good taste. 🙂

  11. 07/07/2009

    This is so great. Congratulations!

  12. 07/09/2009

    That is wonderful! How exciting! 🙂

  13. 07/11/2009

    Wow Steph, that’s great! Your review is wonderful. I added the book to my wishlist right away after reading it. 😀

  14. what a wonderful opportunity!!!! congrats to you on landing such a cool gig. 😀

  15. 07/15/2009

    I see I’m way late to the game here, but this is very exciting news. Congratulations! I look forward to many more of these!

  16. 07/19/2009

    Steph, you are such a talented writer, it doesn’t surprise me that you have a paying gig. Congratulations. Since you should be married by now, congratulations to you and Tony. I hope you’re having a great honeymoon.

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