Hooper on the ins and outs of writing great book reviews

Contact: Jill Davis

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For Immediate Release

February 2, 2010

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory,” by Brad Hooper, adult books editor for
Booklist, the flagship review journal of the American Library Association. Reviews are an important resource for readers’ advisory and collection development, as well as a helpful promotional tool, introducing patrons to what is new on the shelf. Hooper shows readers how to write succinct and effective reviews and includes

  • Tips for writing strong, relevant reviews
  • Different ways reviews can be used to promote your library
  • A chapter by readers’-advisory expert
    Joyce Saricks covering the how-tos of reviewing audiobooks

Whether the ultimate goal is writing for a library website, book club or monthly handout, or freelancing for a newspaper, magazine or professional journal, readers will find plenty of ideas and insight in this book.

In addition to his role at
Booklist, Hooper 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.)

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