Critical Mass

The Next Decade in Book Culture: NBCC at the BEA May 27

By Jane Ciabattari

The Next Decade in Book Culture. A conversation sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle


May 27, 2010 11:00 am
Jakob K. Javits Center, Room 1E14
665 West 34th Street
New York, NY

Moderated by National Book Critics Circle board member John Reed

With these little handy things called books on slated for extinction, what is a reviewer to do?  IPads, Nooks, Kindles?  What are these little plastic things with buttons?  And what are they doing to our beloved reflections? We are set on the launch pad—the engines are heavy with fuel, and are rumbling.  But where are we going?  We bring together a panel of writers,editors, and professionals, established on the vanguard, to discuss prospects for the review and how it may change, in the near future.

Carolyn Kellogg writes about books for the Los Angeles Times. She started her first litblog in 2004, was the web editor for the radio show Marketplace and is a blogging consultant for the Getty Museum.

Nicholas Latimer is Vice President, Director of Publicity at Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked for the past 26 years. He has a degere in journalism from the University of Alabama and is a past Vice President of the Publishers Publicity Association. At Knopf, he oversees the review coverage for all titles.

Ed Nawotka is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a daily online trade magazine for the international publishing community. He is also a contributing editor at Publishers Weekly and a widely published freelancer. Prior to starting Publishing Perspectives, he was book columnist at Bloomberg News and daily news editor of Publishers Weekly.

Denise Oswald is Editorial Director of Soft Skull Press. Prior to that she was Senior Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she oversaw the Faber and Faber list for nearly a decade. While there her authors included Pulitzer, PEN, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences award winners; as well as national and regional bestsellers. Among the wide variety of artists she’s worked with are Colin Beavan, Anne Carson, Courtney Love, and Neil LaBute. She currently sits on the advisory board of The Feminist Press. 

John Reed is a National Book Critics Circle board member and Books Editor of The Brooklyn Rail. His work has been published in Open City, Artnet, Artforum, Paper Magazine, New York Press, Brooklyn Rail, Timeout New York, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Art in America, Los Angeles Times, and many other venues.  He is author of the novels, A STILL SMALL VOICE (Delacorte Press), THE WHOLE (MTV / Simon & Schuster), the bestseller, SNOWBALL’S CHANCE (Roof), the recently released ALL THE WORLD’S A GRAVE: A NEW PLAY BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Penguin/Plume), and  TALES OF WOE (MTV Press).

Kate Travers is a marketing, media, and branding strategist to publishers, authors and literary organizations. Most recently, Kate was the Strategic Marketing and Special Events Director at powerHouse Books and the powerHouse Arena. Kate began her career in publishing nearly ten years ago at HarperCollins Publishers. She moved on to become the Director of Mariner Books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Strategic Marketing Director at the Literary Ventures Fund. Kate serves on the Literary Council of The Brooklyn Book Festival and is a member of the Women’s Media Group.

Introduction by Jane Ciabattari, NBCC president.