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Independently-published books and books published by small publishing houses are intellectual and cultural highlights of each year, yet many receive not a single review. Join critics, editors, publishers, authors, and the literary community to discuss. All events are free and open to the public.

Conference Sessions

New Book Reviewer Project

Within the scope of the conference, eight writers have been commissioned to draft book reviews. The reviews will be published post-conference by Washington Independent Review of Books and The DC Line. The New Book Reviewer Project is designed to grow the cohort of qualified local book reviewers. The selected writers will be attending conference workshops with a draft of their assigned reviews. New Book Reviewer Project selected critics include: Sarah Watson, Edgar Russell, Mercedes Hesselroth, Morgan Musselman, Michael Saint-Andress, Clare Mulroy, and Dylan Klempner.

Book and writer selection were made by Holly Smith, Chris Kain, Robert Bettmann, Phil Davis, and Jonetta Rose Barras. Books being reviewed within the conference include:

The Shomer by Ellen Sazzman
As Within So Without by Daniel Barbiero
The Other Ones by David Housely
let the dead in by Saida Agostini
My Poetry is the Beauty You Overlook by Kim B Miller
So Much of Everything by Jenn Koiter
Country of Glass by Sarah Katz
Lottery of Intimacies by Jonathan Katz
Shaw, LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale in Washington, DC: An Oral History by Shilpi Malinowski
Riffs and Improvisations by Gregory Luce
Against the Wall by Alberto Roblest

The authors of books being reviewed were invited to sit on a panel together, set to occur within the Friday night keynote block.

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