If you’re coming to the American Library Association’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC (and if you haven’t decided yet, you’d better hurry), please be sure to add the Booklist Online program, “Everyone’s a Critic: The Future of Book Reviewing” to your calendar. It will be held Saturday, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, Room 202A. Here’s the lowdown:
The top-down hierarchy of book reviewing has been changed forever by a generation of web users who rate, review, and comment while they navigate—and who can start their own book-review publication in minutes. Established cultural arbiters fear losing market share in the Wild West of the World Wide Web. But is old versus new an either/or proposition? Continuing the discussion begun in last year’s “Books and Blogs: Made for Each Other,” presenters will discuss the ways critical authority is earned, how old and new media can complement each other, and will share their most trusted sources of reviews. Join us for a lively exploration of the ways top-down and bottom-up can meet in the middle.
And here’s your illustrious panel:
Otis Chandler, Founder & CEO, Goodreads
Ron Charles, Deputy Editor, Washington Post Book World
Jon Fine, Director, Author and Publisher Relations, Amazon.com
Jennifer Hubert Swan, Reading Rants & Middle School Librarian, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (New York, NY)
Keir Graff, Senior Editor, Booklist Online (moderator)