Af hverju að vera í verkalýðsfélagi?
Með því að vera í verkalýðsfélagi tekur þú þátt í þeirri mótun samfélagsins og baráttu fyrir bættum kjörum launafólks sem staðið hefur óslitið frá aldamótunum 1900, þegar fyrstu íslensku verkalýðsfélögin voru að slíta barnsskónum. Baráttan hefur ekki alltaf verið tóm sigurvíma því oft hefur hreyfingin mætt mikilli andstöðu. En sigrarnir sem unnt er að líta á og minnast með stolti eru samt margir:
- Lögbundinn hvíldartími
- 40 stunda vinnuvika
- Útrýming heilsuspillandi íbúðarhúsnæðis – félagslegt húsnæði
- Vinnuverndarlöggjöf – eftirlit á vinnustöðum
- Veikindaréttur – laun í veikindum
- Réttur til orlofs – laun í orlofi
- Sjúkrasjóðir – stuðningur stéttarfélaga
- Jafn réttur til náms – líka fyrir börnin okkar
- Starfsmenntasjóðir – annað tækifæri
- Fæðingarorlof – foreldraréttur
- Réttur til að sinna veiku barni / maka
- Lífeyrissjóðir – trygg afkoma á efri árum
Svona mætti telja áfram – en kannski er merkasti áfangi verkalýðsbaráttunnar sá, að launafólk getur staðið keikt og jafnfætis atvinnurekendum, en stendur ekki hokið, kúgað af þrælsótta og hræðist atvinnumissi og aðra nauðung.
Verkalýðshreyfingin hefur tryggt sér sæti við ákvarðanatöku í þjóðfélaginu og beitir mætti sínum til að treysta og verja kjör launafólks og bæta stöðu lítilmagnans og þeirra sem minna mega sín. Baráttunni lýkur aldrei og á seinni árum með vaxandi græðgi í þjóðfélaginu og alþjóðavæðingu fyrirtækja er þörfin fyrir samstíga hreyfingu launafólks meiri en oft áður.
Þeir sem koma sér hjá þátttöku í stéttarfélögum, t.d. með gerviverktöku eða svartri vinnu, eru í raun að svíkja vinnufélaga sína og vilja einungis þiggja en ekkert leggja af mörkum. Þeir þiggja kostina við vinnumarkaðinn og nýta veikleikana – vilja kjörin og umbunina en vilja ekkert gefa á móti – hvorki samstöðu með vinnufélögum eða taka þátt í kostnaði við hreyfinguna.
Því miður eru þessir sömu aðilar fljótir að knýja dyra á skrifstofum stéttarfélaga þegar á bjátar og beiðast þá aðstoðar – og þá heitir það að þetta var allt misskilningur – það stóð alltaf til að vera í verkalýðsfélagi.
Af hverju AFL?
AFL Starfsgreinafélag er eitt stærsta stéttarfélag landsins með um 10.000 félagsmenn, allt frá Skeiðará í suðri til Þórshafnar í norðri. Í félaginu er launafólk í flestum starfsgreinum þjóðfélagsins, verkafólk, fólk í þjónustu, iðnaðarmen (nema rafvirkjar), matreiðslumenn, verslunarfólk, sjómenn, starfsfólk á bændabýlum, starfsfólk sveitarfélaga og starfsfólk sjúkrahúsa.
Félagið á og rekur 11 þjónustuskrifstofur á öllum helstu þéttbýlisstöðum félagssvæðisins og hjá félaginu starfa 15 starfsmenn auk þess sem það hefur þjónustusamninga við tvær lögmannsstofur og hefur aðgang að þekkingu og þjónustu landssambanda sem félagið tilheyrir, auk Alþýðusambands Íslands. Orlofssjóður félagsins er vel stæður og á alls um 35 orlofshús- og íbúðir. Sjúkrasjóður AFLs veitir aðstoð talsvert umfram viðmiðunarreglur ASÍ og er einn sá öflugasti á landinu.
Félagsgjaldið er 1% af heildarlaunum og á launagreiðandinn að draga það af launum og standa skil á gjaldinu til félagsins. Um leið og hann gerir það greiðir hann sem svarar 1% af laununum þínum sem iðgjald til Sjúkrasjóðs en það færir þér mjög mikilvæg réttindi. Ennfremur 0,33% í Orlofssjóð félagsins og 0,15% í starfsmenntasjóði (þessi gjöld eru breytileg eftir því hvaða kjarasamningi unnið er eftir) en þessi launatengdu gjöld sem greidd eru af launagreiðanda en ekki þér sjálfum, færa þér mikilvæg réttindi t.d. í veikinda-og slysatilfellum og rétt til aðstoðar við endurmenntun og símenntun.
1% félagsgjaldið færir þér:
- Þjónustu skrifstofa og aðgang að starfsmönnum félagsins.
- Upplýsingar um réttindi og skyldur – aðstoð við að yfirfara launaseðla.
- Aðkomu félagsins í vinnustaðasamningum og við gerð ráðningarsamninga.
- Innheimtu launa þegar þörf krefur, aðstoð þegar launagreiðandi verður gjaldþrota, innheimtu launa, slysabóta og annarra bóta.
- Ráðgjöf og aðstoð lögmanna félagsins þegar þörf krefur vegna vinnuréttarmála, slysamála og jafnvel annarra mála.
- Aðstoð fyrir erlenda félagsmenn/vinnufélaga, túlkun og ráðgjöf.
- Veigamikla aðstoð sjúkrasjóðs við veikindi og slys.
- Styrki sjúkrasjóðs t.d. vegna heilsueflingar og fjölda annarra heilsutengdra hluta.
- Niðurgreiðslu og afnot á orlofshúsum og íbúðum. Verulega fyrirgreiðslu orlofssjóðs á öðrum sviðum.
- Styrki til þátttöku í námskeiðum og námi. Aðgang að námskeiðum félagsins – verulega niðurgreiddum eða ókeypis.
- Upplýsingar um kaup og kjör, á vef félagsins, í fréttabréfum eða upplýsingaritum.
- Það sem mikilvægast er: Rétt sem tryggður er af kjarasamningum félagsins – ekki bara laun heldur margvísleg önnur réttindi.
� Interesting author profiles and interviews
� Venues for author interviews, webcasts
� Author interviews, book readings, glimpses into the literary world
(podcasts and downloads for bookworms and writers, or listen online)
� How and where to get reviews and publicity for a book
� News, reviews and promotion for self-published books and indie eBooks
� Resources for critics and book reviewers
� Social networking for book lovers
(Goodreads and other book communities)
� Literary magazines and journals, lists of
� Blog roll -- good book and lit blogs
� Mysteries--recommended reading sites
� General links (book news, reviews; book and
reviewer blogs; resources for critics and book reviewers
� Fake ("sock puppet"), not-quite-kosher, and
poison book reviews and Amazon's response to them
� Negative book reviews
With some periodicals, you may have to register to view the publication online (usually for free, except maybe for book reviews). They want the demographic information so they know where (and how old) their readers are and thus to whom their (dreamed-of) online advertisers will be able to market their wares.
Venues for author interviews, webcasts
(sites where they can be found)
� Authors on Tour (Best of)
� Author Webcasts (Library of Congress presents, free, the "best of the nation's authors, poets and illustrators")
� Book Q&As with Deborah Kalf (author Q&As and historical factoids about books)
� BookTalk Nation (works with indie bookstores to present author talks). See Information for authors.
� Book TV's After Words interviews (C-Span archives)
� Book Notes (C-Span Video Library archives)
� Charlie Rose interviews
� C-Span Video Library
� Don Swain book and author interviews (Wired for Books, WOUB online, Ohio University)
� GoodReads exclusive author interviews
� Great Conversations (four times a year Kentucky Author Forum tapes a candid, uninterrupted hour of conversation for Kentucky's public television
� Interviews with (or about) novelists and short story writers
� Library of Congress webcasts of authors (Read.gov--authors, poests, and illustrators discuss their work and how they have used the Library of Congress's extraordinary resources in their work)
� NPR Books author interviews
� The Open Notebook (fascinating interviews with science writers about the stories behind the stories -- especially on the writing process)
� PEN America multimedia archives
� PEN America panels
� Politics & Prose Author Event Recordings on Demand (Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington DC holds awesome author events, recordings of which you can listen to online, free--or download the mp3s and listen while you exercise)
� Powell's Books Interviews
� Rorotoko (archives of author interviews)
� Salon.com author interviews
� WordMothers (interviews with women)
Interviews with Authors (Barnes & Noble series), includes interviews such as the following (from a great series): David Brooks (a conversation with James Mustiche Barnes & Noble, 3-17-11)
A few interesting
author profiles and interviews (and the like)
� Novelist John Le Carr� Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying (Terry Gross, Fresh Air, 9-5-17) Fascinating interview with the master of espionage novels, particularly about growing up with a single parent, his con man father, whose "great passion, which he achieved, was to turn me into a seeming gentleman."
� Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez�s Road Trip Through Alabama (Caleb Johnson, Paris Review, 2-9-18) Did his road trip from NYC to and through Alabama influence One Hundred Years of Solitude?
� Ten Things I Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin (Karen Joy Fowler, Paris Review, 1-25-18) Examples: 1. "There is no reason a book of ideas can�t also be deeply moving, gorgeously written, and inhabited by people who take rooms in your heart and never move out." And 7. "Speak up for the books, poems, shows, music, and paintings you love even though you sound smarter and more discerning when you can�t be pleased."
� Historian Brenda Wineapple interviews biographer Robert Caro (C-SPAN recorded at 35th Key West Literary Seminar,1-15-17). C-SPAN recorded several interviews at this famed seminar.
� �Goodnight Moon� author was a bisexual rebel who didn�t like kids (Susannah Cahalan, NY Post, 1-7-17) A profile that makes you curious about the biography and the subject!
� A Peek Inside the Mother-Daughter Collaboration That Brought Us the Little House Series (Rebecca Onion, The Vault, Slate's history blog, 4-21-14)
� Playing with Time: A Conversation with Tessa Hadley ( Jane Gayduk interviews Tessa Hadley, Los Angeles Review of Books, 2-6-16) Heartening for late bloomers. She published her first novel when she was 46. She'd written plenty before that.
� McMurtry in Twilight (Center and Main, 10-15-13, with Bill Marvel and others). Larry McMurtry opens up to the students in George Getschow�s Archer City Writers Workshop, a graduate class operated under the auspices of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism. He considers his beloved novel Lonesome Dove "the �Gone With the Wind� of the West," he tells them. "I think when you boil down the Mailer-Roth-Bellow generation, there�s not much, really, that I wouldn�t call minor. I think Flannery O�Conner has the clearest claim to be more than minor." Wonderful wide-ranging chat about books and film and television. Another take: Larry McMurtry's Dream Job (Mark Horowitz, NY Times, 1997). He once tried to save the Western novel. Then he had to save himself. Now, the author of 'Lonesome Dove' and the new 'Comanche Moon' is out to save his Texas hometown -- by turning it into the world's largest used bookstore.
� The Mysterious Life of David Goodis (Los Angeles Times, 2-11-15). Andrew Nette's review of Goodis: A Life in Black and White by Philippe Garnier and Eddie Muller is a fascinating profile of a preeminent noir writer of the 1940s and 1950s who became marginalized in U.S. but not in France (which was unaware he was writing for working class readers).
� The Joyful, Gossipy and Absurd Private Life of Virginia Woolf (Emma Woolf, Newsweek, 2-13-15). Her volatile, mad, happy and troubled life and her strange and powerful marriage to Leonard Woolf.
� Wilder Women The mother and daughter behind the Little House stories (Judith Thurman New Yorker, 8-10-09)
� My Life as a Writer (Philip Roth as interviewed by Daniel Sandstrom, for publication in Swedish translation in Svenska Dagbladet and in its original English in the Times Book Review, 3-2-14)
� Literary Fathers: James Jones and Andre Dubus. Interviews about them with their children, Kaylie Jones and Andre Dubus III (Open Road Integrated Media)
� Literary Fathers: John Gardner, Stanley Elkin, Terry Southern, and William Styron. Interviews with Lucy Gardner Johnson, Joel Gardner, Molly Elkin, Nile Southern, and Alexandra Styron (Open Road Integrated Media)
� He Gave �the Mundane Its Beautiful Due� (Hermione Lee's well-written review of Adam Begley's biography and Updike's short story collection amounts to a profile)
� Patton Oswalt (A Barnes & Noble conversation with Kerry Lauerman, 2-3-11, from Salon.com, who has partnered with B&N for many of these interviews)
� A B&N interview with Stacy Schiff (author of Cleopatra)
More to come.
Author interviews, book readings, glimpses into the literary worldPodcasts and downloads for book worms and writers
� Intelligent radio and TV talk shows (a roundup of links to all the good NPR programs, most of which have archives--or you can listen online)
� Author MBA podcasts (Winning Edits site, conversations about the business of books)
� Edward Champion's excellent list and descriptions of, and links to, Literary Podcasts
� The Agony Column (Rick Kleffel's rich archive of reviews, especially of genre fiction
� Authors in Your Pockets (iTune podcasts)
� Barnes & Noble Meet the Author interviews (iTunes)
� The Bat Segundo Show (quirky and thorough long-form interviews with contemporary authors, eccentric thinkers, and other assorted artists).
� BBC Arts & Ideas
� Between the Covers with John J. Miller (National Review)
� The Book Club interviews (Sky Kirkham, Grace Nye, Amy Stevenson and Samuel Finegan) and reviews
� Books on the Nightstand (illuminating conversation about books and reading)
� Booktalk Nation (real-time chats with authors, brought to your living room)
� Bookworm (Michael Silverblatt, KCRW, does excellent interviews with writers)
� By the Book (New York Times column: Writers on literature and the literary life. See, for example, Q&As with Fran Lebowitz, Hari Kunzru, and Charles Johnson.
� The Classes 25 Famous Writers Teach (Emily Temple, Literary Hug, 9-12-17) They're Not Always What You'd Expect.
� Diane Rehm arts & culture programs and interviews with authors , Diane Rehm Books & Authors Interviews , but one of my favorites is her Reader Review programs (book clubs on the air)
� Lewis Burke Frumkes, weekly interviews with authors
� The Guardian Books Podcast (more sophisticated than most)
� Key West Literary Seminar Audio archives (KWLS recordings of presentations and readings by and conversations between some of the world's most influential writers)
� Library of Congress webcasts
� Literary Disco (Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. Listen to over 15,000 radio shows, podcasts and live radio stations for free.)
� Litopia (Litopia Writers' Colony)
Longform (a weekly conversation with a nonfiction writer about how they got their start, how they work, and how they tell stories--co-produced by Longform and The Atavist)
� New Yorker fiction (a monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman)
� New York Review of Books podcasts
� New York Times Book Review podcasts
� NPR Books podcasts
� NPR Author Interview podcasts
� Paris Review interviews (authors discuss their life and writing in revealing conversations in The Paris Review's Writers at Work interview series--transcripts)
� Paris Review interviews with fiction writers (transcripts)
� Powell's Books blog (with many author interviews and talks)
� Q&A (archives of C-SPAN's excellent series of Sunday evening interviews with people, often authors, who are making things happen in politics, the media, education, and science & technology in hour-long conversations about their lives and their work.) You can watch the program in real time or later and eventually there's a transcript to read online.
� Reading, Technology and�Still With Us? Attention Span (Kojo Nnandi radio show, 4-22-14) Maryanne Wolf, Jamie Locke, and Maureen Corrigan discuss how technology is changing our reading brains and how we might strike a balance between types of reading at different ages. New research says skimming short items online may actually be changing our brain�s ability to digest dense, long-form writing.
� Selected Shorts ( PRI�s award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen)
� Signature, making well-read sense of the world (a Penguin-Random House newsletter, formerly Biographile). Get their free Memoir Writing Guide (PDF).
� The Stitcher List of Top Shows (What the World Is Listening To Now) Discover the best of news, entertainment, comedy, sports and talk radio on demand with Stitcher Radio.
� Videos, NY Times archives, 2017
� Writers on Writing (archive of New York Times series, listed by authors' names)
� Writers on Writing, a weekly radio program on the art and business of writing, produced and hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, with co-hosts Marrie Stone and Nicole Nelson.
How and where to get book reviews and publicity
and tips about book giveaways
� Review Outlets (Poets&Writers Book Review Outlets database is an excellent platform for authors�from self-published independents to household names�to research and discover a spectrum of book review options)
� Masterclass: How To Get Reviews � with Mark Dawson (Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing Formula, SPF-106) Listen to podcast and/or download the transcript.
� How to Get Reviews For Your Book (Without Begging, Bribing or Resorting to Subterfuge) (Kimberley Grabas, Your Writer Platform, 2-9-14). Thanks for good links, Kimberley!
� Six degrees of reputation: The use and abuse of online review and recommendation systems (Shay David and Trevor Pinch, First Monday, July 2006) Will online reviewing go beyond gaming the system and become stable, reliable?
� How To Get Amazon�s Top Customer Reviewers To Review Your Book (Joanna Penn Creative Penn 9-16-12). Amazon has a page listing its top reviewers
� 4 Things You Should Know About Book Review Blogs (Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn, 12-21-16). Applies mostly to genre fiction and fiction fans.
� Top 100 book review blogs (Feedspot)
� The Book Blogger List
� The Laws of the (Amazon) Jungle�Eight Rules Authors Need to Know to Stay Safe (Anne R. Allen)
� What�s even better than a reader review? (Sandra Beckwith, Build Book Buzz, 3-17-15). Literary reviews carry more weight than reader reviews, but reviews by trusted pros at media sources still carry more weight than reader reviews.
� The Review Review (Becky Tuch's guide to literary magazines and journals)
� How to Market a Book and Strengthen Your Author Platform with Goodreads (Kimberley Grabas, Your Writer Platform 5-3-13, with thanks for other links)
� How to Conduct a LibraryThing eBook Giveaway (Shelley Hitz, The future of ink: Digital Publishing for Online Entrepreneurs, 12-6-13)
� How to run your own blog tour (with giveaways) and is it really worth it (Pavarti K. Tyler, Novel Publicity & Co., 2-22-12)
� Promote Your Book with Contests & Giveaways (Joel Friedlander, CreateSpace, 9-11-12)
News, reviews and promotion for self-published books and indie eBooksA few places to start:
� PW Select (Publishers Weekly's bow to self-published books).
� Where to Get Self-Published Book Reviews (SPR)
� The Indie Review (lists and links to indie authors, places where indie books are reviewed, and Latest Indie Book Reviews from Around the Web
� How to get your self-pubbed or e-book reviewed by bloggers (Stephanie Lawton 8-18-11)
� Authors Unbound (providing indie authors who epublish with events at which they share their work and connect with fans)
� Indie Reader (a site that features and reviews books of indie authors)
� Blue Ink Review is an example of a pay-for-your-review site. It pays reviewers $75 for a review and charges the self-published author $395 for a review (as of November 2012), or $495 for "fast track" (review to be completed in 4-5 weeks).
� Kirkus Indie Kirkus Reviews has a set-up similar to Blue Ink Review, and reviews on Kirkus may be negative (that is, frank).
� Darcie Chan started word-of-mouth on her quiet novel, The Mill River Recluse (not a vampire novel or any other sensational genre), by getting the book featured on promotional sites for low-priced ebooks. After lowering the price to 99 cents and being featured (for free) on Ereader News , her sales jumped in two days to 600,000. Sites that promote low-priced eBooks (typically for a fee) include
~ Ereader News (tips, tricks, and bargain books for your Kindle)
~Pixel of Ink (free & bargain Kindle books),
~Kindle Nation Daily (free books + Kindle tips + news, commentary)
~ The Frugal eReader (frugal finds under nine for the Kindle)
~Bargain eBook Hunter (briefy traps free Kindle books)
� C. Patrick Schulze, in How to Get Your Self-Published Novel Reviewed, lists lots of places where indie books are reviewed (This Business of Writing 4-16-10).
� The Best Reviews Money Can Buy (or, Book Reviewers for Hire Meet a Demand for Online Raves, by David Streitfeld, NY Times, 8-25-12--note 300+ comments)
Literary magazines and journals
� Poets & Writers guide to literary magazines. Connect your poems, stories, essays, and reviews to the right audiences by researching over eight hundred literary magazines in our database. Here, you�ll find editorial policies, submission guidelines, contact information�everything you need to direct your work to the publications most amenable to your vision.
� Lit Mag Submissions 101: How, When, and Where to Send Your Work (Lincoln Michel, Authors Guild) How literary magazines read submissions; the 1% rule; why submissions are rejected; preparing your manuscript (send best work, good formatting, cover letter, submitting in tiers, dealing with rejection, resubmitting after rejection, etc.
� Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking: Clifford Garstang's annual ratings of literary magazines in terms of Pushcart Prizes awarded for for poetry,fiction, for nonfiction..
� NewPages.com . Browse the literary magazines listed in NewPages to find short stories and longer fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, literary criticism, book reviews, author interviews, art and photography. The magazine editor's description for each sponsored literary magazine gives you an overview of editorial styles�what writers they have published and what they are looking for (with contact information, subscription rates, submission guidelines, and more).
� Faster Times list (Lincoln Michel's list of literary magazines that regularly publish fiction)
� Pushcart Prize ranking of literary magazines (fiction) Clifford Garstang's lists at Perpetual Folly, ranked according to number of Pushcart Prizes and mentions. Here are the rankings for nonfiction and for poetry.
� PEN/O'Henry index of literary magazines
� Bookfox's list of literary journals (ranked according to how many stories or mentions they've had in Best American Short Stories (BASS).
� Literary Markets ranked by award anthologies (Mark Watkins' list, which includes such magazines as The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly)
� Selby's List 2.0 (The Venerable List of Experimental Poetry/Art Magazines, curated by Jon Henson
� The Best Literary Magazines & Journals (AbeBooks.com)
� Literary Magazines, one section of 100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers (Masters in English)
� http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_literary_magazines (Wikipedia's list of literary magazines and journals: periodicals devoted to short fiction, poems, essays, creative nonfiction, book reviews and similar literary endeavors which have published each year for ten years or more)
� Canadian literary magazines (Wikipedia's list)
� VIDA (Women in Literary Arts provide counts, demonstrating how much men are favored over women in the literary world). See, for example, Lie by Omission: The Rallying Few, The Rallying Masses. "The Paris Review�s numbers, previously among the worst in our VIDA Count, have metamorphosed from deep, male-dominated lopsidedness into a picture more closely resembling gender parity."
Resources for critics and book reviewers (and, in reverse, for authors)
� How a Critic Opens a Book: A Q&A With Parul Sehgal (Stephen Hiltner, Times Insider, NY Times, 9-27-17) The Times' new book critic talks about her responsibilities to her readers, her reviewing process, and �this fantastic, fractious, quarrelsome thing known as criticism.�
� In October 2014, Penguin Random House Audio "launched an app called Volumes, offering free sample chapters, audiobook recommendations and�for journalists, bloggers, sales reps and booksellers�access to advance copies." See The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks (Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 7-21-16)
� National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Check out NBCC's blog, Critical Mass, its podcasts, and the archive of NBCC newsletters, 1975 on, full of history and sometimes drama. (Read and/or hear Toni Morrison's speech (March 2015) on accepting the NBCC's Ivan Sandrof award for lifetime achievement. It's a mini-history of NBCC and a tribute to its getting books by black authors out of the black-book ghetto in bookstores.
� NetGalley "We help readers of influence discover and recommend new books to their audiences. If you are a librarian, bookseller, educator, reviewer, blogger or in the media, get started right now by signing in or joining for free." How It Works and Knowledge Base.
� Secrets of the Book Critics (Q&A interview series on Literary Hub) Questions often asked: What classic book would you love to have reviewed when it was first published? What unheralded book from the past year would you like to give a shout-out to? What is the greatest misconception about book critics and criticism?How has book criticism changed in the age of social media? What critic working today do you most enjoy reading?
� Entertainment Weekly�s David Canfield on Zora Neale Hurston and the Critic as Curator (Literary Hub, Secrets of the Book Critics, 1-17-18). Much of the job of criticism is curation. "The job is nearly as much about asserting the importance of different genres, different voices, and different styles as it is about assessing the quality of a particular work."
� Sam Sacks of The Wall Street Journal (Secrets of the Book Critics, LitHub, 9-27-17) "I think there is a feeling that criticism today just refers to the melee of personal opinions that can be found in print and especially online....critics are responsible for more than naming their likes and dislikes. They are writing in service of a larger idea of literature."
� The New Republic Literary Editor Laura Marsh on the Ecosystem of Different Tastes (LitHub, 10-25-17 "There are a couple of writers I go back to periodically to remind myself of what criticism can do: Terry Castle�s essay on Susan Sontag, right after she died, the essays in Vivian Gornick�s The End of the Novel of Love , and (if I�m allowed) the late Jenny Diski�s writing in the London Review of Books."
� How To Be a Paid Book Reviewer - In Six Easy Steps (Allena Tapia, The Balance, 11-12-17)
� The Critical I: Conversations With Critics and Review Editors (Critical Mass, NBCC, an interesting series of conversations with book review editors and critics, 2007-2009)
� Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth by A.O. Scott. ( Here's a charming review by Willard Spiegelman: Everyone's a Critic (Wall Street Journal, 2-10-16)
� Complete Review (links to 242 book review sites, in English and in other languages). Also, links to literary blogs and general literary sites.
� Critical Outtakes: Discussions with Writers
� The Next Decade in Book Culture (Critical Mass, NBCC, an interesting series about the state of literary criticism, the critic and the Internet, and so on, 2009-2011)
� A Critic�s Manifesto (Daniel Mendelsohn, Page-Turner blog, On books and the writing life, New Yorker, 8-28-12) He argues in this essay that all criticism is based on this equation: KNOWLEDGE + TASTE = MEANINGFUL JUDGMENT.
� Against Enthusiasm: The epidemic of niceness in online book culture. (Jacob Silverman, Slate Book Review, 8-4-12)
� Ethics in Book Reviewing Survey: The Results ("Critical Mass," National Book Critics Circle, posted 12-11-07). Among issues NBCC members discuss here and elsewhere on their website: the appropriateness of selling one�s review copies, favoritism by reviewers toward particular publishing houses, how honest a reviewer must be in what she or he writes, the propriety of review organs linking up with book sellers, the appropriateness of reviewing a book for which you provided an unpaid blurb, whether someone mentioned in the acknowledgments should be barred from reviewing a book.
� The Ethics of Book Blurbing: What�s OK and What�s Not? A Survey (Janice Harayda, One-Minute Book Reviews, 5-14-13)
� The Graying of 'The New York Review of Books' ( Russell Jacoby, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6-2-14)
� The Future of Book Reviews: Critics vs. Amazon Reviewers Top critics Morris Dickstein and Cynthia Ozick debate who are truly the book critics today (hint: Amazon reviewers) and what this means for reviewing. Jane Ciabattari reports. (The Daily Beast
� Amazon reviewers think this masterpiece sucks (Jeanette Demain, Salon, 4-2-10). From "The Grapes of Wrath" to "1984" -- some amateur critics just can't stand the classics
� Why Jennifer Weiner Is Wrong About the Times Book Review (Christopher Beha, Slate Culture Box, 9-12-13). It doesn�t need to review more popular fiction. Or lit fiction, either. It needs to review holy crap fiction.
� Hatchet Job of the Year Award (The Guardian's annual celebration of bookish snark)
� How to Get Book Reviews: 50+ Resources to Generate Book Reviews (Nonfiction Authors Association)
� BookSneeze: Free Books for Bloggers (Michael Hyatt)
� So, You Want to Review Books? Faithful Bloggers. See also Review a Book for BookSneeze
� Booklook Bloggers
Social networking for book lovers(book communities)
� LibraryThing (enter what you're reading, or your whole library--and connect with people who read what you read--1.5 million people discuss and catalog books, find book reviews)
� GoodReads (a popular site for rating and commenting on books,for keeping track of what you read, and would like to read--or forming a book club, answering trivia, or collecting your favorite quotations--plus some giveaways) See Penny Sansevieri's How To Maximize Goodreads Giveaways.
� Shelfari (another popular site for rating and commenting on books -- a community-powered virtual bookshelf, to display your favorite books and connect to people who love to read what you love to read)
� BookCrossing (a popular book sharing site, with some paid features, including book tagging: You register a book, get a Bookcrossing ID, use that to physically tag a book, and release it (e.g., leave it in a coffee shop or on the subway). The person who finds the book you set free can register it, so you can follow where it travels)
� BookMooch (Give books away. Get books you want.)
� Book Movement (reading guides, reviews, a community)
� Comic Book Resources (a community and resource for comic book lovers)
� Bookperk. HarperCollins' site offers perks for "insiders."
� inReads (WETA, DC's public television affiliated, launched inRead 6-22-11, in Beta). Lets users converse about books, read reviews and get recommendations. Read (PW account here.
� Kobo's Reading Life. Explore. Unlock. Share.
� Nook Friends (Barnes & Noble site for Nook readers)
� Overbooked. Timely information about fiction, all genres, and readable nonfiction, plus Overbooked Scoops (curated by Ann Chambers Theis). Starred review lists include books that received at least one starred review from Booklist, Kirkus, LJ, and PW)
� PaperBack Swap (a paperback book sharing service and community)
� Revish (a book rating community)
� Scribd (pronounced "skribbed") may be the largest book club in the world--on many topics
� Wattpad (an eBook community). Fiction-oriented. Read stories. Vote for your favorites. Create a library.
� 31 Bookish, Brainy, Beautiful Blogs for Readers (Tracy O'Neill, NY Public Library)
Blog roll -- good book and lit blogs and online magazines� Arts & Letters Daily
� Asylum (John Self's Shelves)
� Book Dwarf (Megan Sullivan, head buyer at Harvard Book Store, thoughtfully reviews books)
� Book Slut (Jessa Crispin, reviews, feature stories, interviews, and other book-related content)
� Book Square (dissecting the publishing industry with love and skepticism)
� Critical Mass (The National Book Critics Circle, or NBCC -- conversations about literature and literary criticism) Has an excellent blog roll.
� Dear Reader (Suzanne Beecher's online book club). She's profiled here by Bill Duncan.
� A Commonplace Blog (D.G. Myers, whose credits include the much-discussed blog article The most overrated novel ever (Beloved by Toni Morrison)
� The Guardian Books blog (books in UK and beyond)
� Ju's Reviews (love these short, grumpy reviews by Julia Sandford-Cooke)
� Juxtabook (books, book buying, book selling, book dealing, reading, reviews, libraries, literacy, education, teaching English Literature and all matters bookish)
� Lambda Literary (featuring LGBTQ literature)
� Literary Hub (book excerpts, essays, reviews, etc. -- a rich hub for book lovers)
� The Literary Salon (at The Complete Review)
� Maud Newton
� The Millions (an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture).
� New York Public Library blog and its various blog channels
� OnFiction (An Online Magazine on the Psychology of Fiction)
� Page Turner (New Yorker) Criticism, contention, and conversation about books and the writing life. Reviewed by the Daily News.
� The Paris Review Daily
� The Reading Experience (Daniel Green) See, for example, Literary Blogs.
� ReadySteady Book for literature
� The Rumpus
� The Shatzkin Files (Mike Shatzkin, Idea Logical Company, a publishing futurist who writes interesting analyses of the shift toward digital publishing and where book publishing is headed)
� Publishers Lunch (the publishing industry's daily essential read, free) and if you $subscribe to Publishers Marketplace you can read Publishers Lunch Deluxe
� Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (reviews of romance novels)
� So Many Books (Stephanie, in Books, Rambling)
� Stump the Bookseller (Loganberry Books' blog tries reconnect people to the books they love but can�t quite remember)
� Three Percent (University of Rochester blog for international literature)
� Some Choice Book Blogs (Cynthia Crossen, WSJ, 11-13-09)
� The Book Trib (an aggregator of all the best book-related blogs
� 25 Best Literary Criticism Blogs (Mastersdegree.net, a resource for students pursuing a masters degree)
� 31 Bookish, Brainy, Beautiful Blogs for Readers (Tracy O'Neill, NY Public Library)
� The Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites (Jane Friedman)
More to come!
Audio Books (formerly books on tape, but CDs and digital downloads are taking over the market)
I am a huge fan of audio books, which have become something of an art, with the best readers almost acting the parts of various characters. Listening to an audiobook is a different experience from reading the book yourself, and is especially a pleasure with fiction. I typically check my audiobooks out of the local public libraries in Montgomery County, Maryland, which have a pretty good selection--and you can reserve titles--which means waiting in a queue for the very popular titles, but that works for me.
� Audie Winners (2001 on, along right -- recordings awarded best narration etc.--a good list from which to check out recordings from library)
� AudioFile (review magazine/website for those who love audio books, with features on "Golden Voices," the best narrators)
� The Listener (Salon's audiobook review column, featuring Laura Miller)
� Books for Ears (see review archive and
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� Reviews of the top ten audiobook websites
� Audible Yahoo Group (consumer discussion group sponsored by Audible.com, but not limited to Audible titles)
The Author's Bookshelf (Strand Bookstore). Aa selection of must-reads from a few of the Strand's most beloved authors and artists.
Back From the Dead: The State of Book Reviewing by Jane Ciabattari (The Practical Writer Sept-Oct 2011, Poets&Writers)
Biblioklept (review and discuss books and interview authors, publishers, and other book-type people)
Publishers Make a Plan: A �One Stop� Book Site (Julie Bosman, NY Times, 5-6-11). Three publishers (Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Hachette), frustrated few book buyers visit their company sites, have created Bookish.com, hoping it will become a destination for readers the way Pitchfork.com is for music lovers and IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and Netflix are for films -- where site visitors can read recommendations, reviews, and recommendations from other readers and can buy books from the site or other retailers. (The article doesn't mention Amazon.com. The Bookish staff will select books from 14 or more publishers.
The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered. Clive James' classic poem about about literary schadenfreude, as posted by Dwight Garner on the NY Times Paper Cuts blog about books.
The Book Publicity Blog (helpful blog -- and check right-hand column for good links to blogs on books, bookstores, media, marketing, publishing, publishing houses, technology, and more)
Book Reviewer Yellow Pages (scroll down for links to book reviewers who review books regularly and accept self-published and small press books)
Book reviewing panel. C-Span video of 2010 Virginia Festival of the Book panel discussion of the business of book reviews, with panelists Ron Charles, deputy editor of Washington Post Book World, David Montgomery, thriller and mystery Critic for the Daily Beast and Chicago Sun-Times, and authors Rebecca Skloot and Katharine Weber.
Book Review Podcasts. Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review, talks each week to authors, editors, and critics about new books, the literary scene, and current best sellers. The downloadable audio files are in mp3 format.
Book Reviews: Riles & Rules
Books and Beyond and other public events at the Library of Congress (Washington DC)
Bookslut (Jessica Crispin's wonderful blog)
� Bookslut on crime writers
� An Interview with Jessa Crispin
� Jessica Crispin @thebookslut
� 'I Just Don�t Find American Literature Interesting�: Lit-Blog Pioneer Jessa Crispin Closes Bookslut, Does Not Bite Tongue (Boris Kachka, Vulture, 5-3-16)
But is it well written? . In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post (2-1-13), reader Patrick Ross of Alexandria writes, "I admire The Post for continuing to review books, even after eliminating its stand-alone Book World section. But I do not understand why The Post often encourages reviews of nonfiction books that neglect a critique of the actual writing." Nowhere does one reviewer tell him if a Jared Diamond book "is a good read."
Conversations with Literary Websites (Mark Athitakis, Critical Mass, blog of the National Book Critics Circle)
� Washington Independent Review of Books
� Los Angeles Review of Books
� Full Stop
� Three Percent
� The Critical Flame
� Open Letters Monthly
� The Quarterly Conversation
C-Span Podcasts (After Words, Washington Today, Podcast of the Week, Q and A, The Communicators, etc.)
Curled Up With a Good Book. (LL writes: "highly entrepreneurial e-zine; reviewers work for free and do a good job (on the six reviews I've read so far")
DailyLit. Receive short book installments by email or RSS feed (bite-size chunks of public domain books. Read on any computer or mobile device (iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) (whenever you like). We learned of this from Cool Tools -- any book, gadget, software, video, map, hardware, material, or website that is tried and true. (Thanks to Dan Curtis for this tip)
Dear Author (bloggers/reviewers who love romance books and a smattering of other genre and nonfiction books)
Dirda's Reading Room (ongoing discussions of books, including Best Books for Scientists, Genre Books as Works of Art, Wild, Wild Western Literature, What Are Your Favorite 'Best Worst' Works of Fiction and Poetry. Older discussions here.
Does anyone want to be "well-read? by Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times 4-16-11) on changing ideas of "must reads."
The Fallen Status of Books, Hard Times for Hardcovers, by Jack Schaefer (Slate, 9-9-10).
Flashlight Worthy (Peter Steinberg and Eric Mueller provide many and various recommended reading lists on topics of interest to book lovers -- a culling of books with Amazon links)
The Future of Book Reviewing (Karen Long, Critical Mass, NBCC, 6-3-10)
How to Break into Book Reviewing (Gerald Bartell, ASJA's The Word blog 9-5-12)
In Conversation About Diversity In Hollywood, Where Does Sundance Fit In? (Monica Castillo, NPR, 2-4-16) Conversations with several filmmakers and critics of color during the Sundance film festival suggest that while Sundance could never be a silver bullet in fixing Hollywood's diversity problems, it indeed has an important role to play.
In Praise of Book Critics (Cynthia Crossen, Dear Book Lover, Wall Street Journal, 11-28-11)
Kirkus Reviews rises from ashes, tran$formed:
� The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy (David Streitfeld, NY Times, 8-29-12). An eye-opener about not only Kirkus Reviews but all those glowing reviews for new books on Amazon. (a/k/a Book Reviewers for Hire Meet a Demand for Online Raves)
And here's a little history about Kirkus:
� Nielsen folds Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews (Jim Romenesko, Poynter, 12-10-09)
Kirkus Reviews lives on. Motoko Rich reports that Kirkus Gets A New Owner � From The NBA (NY Times 2-10-10). In December he'd reported that End of Kirkus Reviews Brings Anguish and Relief � (NYTimes, 12-11-09). Starred reviews were rare; negative reviews were not. Here's the link to Kirkus Book Reviews, reincarnated.
Library of Congress resources
� Center for the Book
� Library of Congress Young Readers Center
� Author Webcasts
� Events sponsored by Center for the Book
� National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
� Books That Shaped America
� Classic Books (read now, free online)
Letters of Note (letters, postcards, notes, faxes, memos that you were never intended to see)
� LJ's most borrowed fiction list
� Library Journal's Most Borrowed (Nonfiction) Books List
Library Thing (catalog your books online, connect with others who read the same books)
Literary Hub Bookshelf, the book review section of the excellent LitHub Daily
The Millions (C. Max Magee's popular online literary, arts, and culture site--good reading lists and comments)
� Cozy Mystery List and Cozy Mystery List blog. A helpful way of presenting the lists winners of Malice Domestic's Agatha Awards (traditional mysteries that contain no explicit explicit sex, gratuitous gore, or excessive violence).
Mysteries -- Recommended Reading sites
� What to read in mystery and crime (Otto Penzler, Lit Hub, 3-16-16). Each month Penzler will recommend five works of mystery/crime/suspense fiction, new or old, "a distillation of more than a half-century of avid reading in this most distinguished literary category."
� General Mystery Websites (links to sources for mystery reviews, blogs, true crime, mysteries in film and tv, etc.)
� Mysteries by Location
� Ann Hood's Five Pack (5 favorite modern crime fictions from the UK and Ireland)
� Mystery News (good through 2009, when it ceased publication)
� Mystery Reader
� Mystery Scene magazine
� Stop. You're Killing Me! (a website to die for if you love mysteries)
� Author Links for Mystery Authors (Mainely Murders links -- a store where you can not only find a good selection but also trade in certain mysteries in excellent condition)
Articles about mysteries (general):
� The guilty vicarage: Notes on the detective story, by an addict by W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (Harpers, 1948)
� The mystery of mysteries: What really keeps us reading (Mark Kingwell, Globe & Mail, 5-18-12)
� Why Readers Read Mysteries (James N. Frey)
� The Simple Art of Murder (Raymond Chandler, 1950)
� The Ghost of Miss Truman, (Jon L. Breen The Weekly Standard) Did Margaret Truman write her own mystery novels or were they ghosted by Donald Bain? An interesting look at celebrity mystery authors who worked with ghostwriters, only occasionally (Peter Duchin, for example) sharing writing credits: Brett Halliday, Leslie Charteris, Ernest Tidyman, William Caunitz, George Sanders, Leigh Brackett, Gypsy Rose Lee, Helen Traubel, Steve Allen, Susan Ford, Elliott Roosevelt, and of course Margaret Truman, whose novels Donald Bain probably wrote.
� Mystery Readers International (journal). Janet Rudolph, chocoholic, lists mystery readers' reading groups, mystery bookstores, mystery periodicals--and her journal issues focus on topics such as mysteries set in France, legal mysteries, shrinks and other health professionals in mysteries, animal mysteries, etc.)
National Book Critics Circle
� NBCC FAQs
� Archive of NBCC newsletters
� Past winners of NBCC awards
� The National Book Critics Circle at 35 (Jack Miles on the 1980s and 1990s)
National Book Festival podcasts from the Library of Congress festival on the National Mall.
� Podcasts from Bookfest 2011 (Terry McMillan, Jessica Harris, Adam Goodheart, David McCullough, Russell Banks)
� Podcasts from Bookfest 2010 (Ken Follett, Jane Smiley, Anchee Min, Judith Viorst, Isabel Allende, Pat Mora, Rae Armantrout)
� Podcasts from Bookfest 2009 (Julia Alvarez, Judy Blume, Michael Connelly, Junot Diaz, Gwen Ifill, John Irving, Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, Lois Lowry, Rickey Minor, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, Jodi Picoult, Jon Scieszka, Nicholas Sparks, David Wroblewski)
� Podcasts from Bookfest 2008 (Louis Bayard, Jan Brett, Geraldine Brooks, Warren Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Marisa de los Santos, Kimberly Dozier, Sharon M. Draper, Arthur Frommer and Pauline Frommer, Philippa Gregory, Walter Isaacson, Brad Meltzer, Cokie Roberts, Peter Robinson, Kay Ryan, Bob Schieffer, Jon Scieszka, Michelle Singletary, R.L. Stine, Dionne Warwick)
� Podcasts from Bookfest 2007 (Terry Pratchett, Maria Celeste Arrar�s, Charles Simic, Rosemary Wells, Victoria Rowell, Patricia MacLachlan, Sanjay Gupta, Ken Burns, Megan McDonald, David Baldacci, Holly Black, Carmen Agra Deedy, David Wiesner, Shelia P. Moses)
� Neglected Books (where forgotten books are remembered)
� Neglected Books, readers' recommendations
� Neglected Books links to other sites about neglected books
New Books Network.
Discussions with authors about their new books -- a consortium of podcasts dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to serious audiences. Dozens of categories, which include:
� New Books in Biography (Oline Eaton interviewing)
� New Books in History
� New Books in Religion
� New Books in Education
� New Books in Film
� and so on!
100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers (Masters in English). Categories covered: general literature & publishing, literary magazines, book reviews, literary criticism, and book club blogs.
100 Great American Novels You've (Probably) Never Read (the book) by Karl Bridges. This pricey hardcover book is "a resource for readers of American fiction who�ve read their way through the standard canon of classics. 'One goal of this book,' Bridges writes in his Introduction, 'is to represent a wide time span�one equaling the length of American history.'' The novels listed cover a full 200 years: from Charles Brockden Brown�s Edgar Huntly, or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker(1797) to Charles T. Power�s In the Memory of the Forest (1997). You can find a list of the 100 novels on Neglected Books.
PEN America panels (transcripts)
� A Conversation with Grace Paley, Margaret Atwood, and Norman Mailer (5-31-11) We protest the state of the imagination of the PEN International Congress, 1986. We protest the underrepresentation of women on the panels and in the readings.
� Realms of Possibility: A Conversation with Phillip Gourevitch, Norbert Grstein, and Colum McCann (10-13-09) Says Gourevitch, to begin: "I�ve been struck over time that nonfiction writers are often treated the way photographers were treated by the great art museums and art snobs of the early or mid-twentieth century. Just as photography was not accepted as Art�with a capital A�nonfiction is still largely excluded from Literature�with a capital L."
� Saul Bellow, Allen Ginsberg, Nadine Gordimer, Salman Rushdie & Others (5-31-11). Says Bellow, to begin: "There has never been much rapport between government and art in the United States. The thing was set up only, on the political level, to create a kind of democratic society in which we might do as we pleased. But there is absolutely nothing about the setup of American society which obliges the government to us in any sense in this respect."
� Invisible Cities, Visible Cities (6-17=13) For many novelists, describing the city where a story takes place is as fundamental as providing a well-developed protagonist. This panel looks at how the city both limits and liberates, how it is informed by collective knowledge and individual exploration, and how, particularly in the era of globalization, it can be a place of imposing history and rapid reinvention. - See more at: http://www.pen.org/audio/invisible-cities-visible-cities#sthash.UldOTThO.dpuf
� Money and Translation (6-17-13)
Is there anything we can do, as writers and translators, to break the causal chain of financial influence in the U.S. reception and publication of foreign literature?
� All That�s Left to You: Palestinian Writers in Conversation (video of panel discussion, 5-4-13). For the first time, PEN brings together a panel of leading Palestinian writers to talk about their place in the global literary community. From Palestine and from the diaspora, they share their work, experiences, and visions, revealing how a literature is both imagined and created under occupation, siege, and exile.
� Censorship and Power in Iran (video of panel discussion, 5-17-13) PEN American Center joined with the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran to host a screening of journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari�s powerful documentary film �Forced Confessions,� an expos� of the now-routine practice of extracting staged public �confessions� from political prisoners in Iran. After the film, Maziar joined Jon Stewart and CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon for a lively discussion on press freedom in Iran in the run-up to the crucial June presidential election.
Profile of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia and Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage (Ellen McCarthy, WashPost, 1-7-10--an interesting story!)