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In the last four years, major newspapers have all dropped or greatly reduced their book review coverage. There are no longer standalone book review inserts in the Washington PostLA Times and Chicago Tribune, to just name the largest. Newspapers in general have also been reducing their book coverage by laying off the book editors and freelancers they previously used for original book coverage.

Yet, books are still being published and in greater numbers than ever before. New formats, methods of publishing and promotion are changing the face of the book publishing community, but the actual books being produced aren’t being covered in the same fashion as before.

During this time, 1776 Productions launched the Sacramento Book Review to a warm local welcome, making Sacramento one of the few cities in the country with a dedicated book review. A year later, San Francisco Book Review was launched, being distributed in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.

In 2011, SBR/SFBR reviewer M. Chris Johnson licensed the concept for publication in the Portland area, launching the Portland Book Review in March 2011. In June, a distribution copy of Library Book Review was licensed and distributed at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans.

In November 2011, the Tulsa City-County Library licensed Tulsa Book Review, distributing copies around libraries, coffee shops, and book stores in surrounding cities.

In September 2014, reviewer Kim Heimbuch licensed the publication for a third licensee, San Diego Book Review.

What do all of these new publications have in common? They are fulfilling a need in their city for a well-produced and comprehensive book review, filling the void left by the daily papers.

If you are a literary organization, regional book chain, library system, or entrepreneurial individual, you too can license your [City] Book Review. We’ll help you every step of the way, from contacting the publishers, designing your paper, creating your media kit, and even providing you with the reviews to fill your pages, if desired.

If you are a newspaper or magazine publisher interested in expanding your book coverage, but don’t have a book editor or a very small budget, we can help with that as well. We can provide single reviews, weekly or monthly genre review columns in more than 40 genres, or even deliver an 8-, 16-, 24- or 32-page book review insert for you to print and distribute yourself, less expensively than doing it yourself.

For more information, email us, and let us know what you’re interested in.


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  • September 30, 2014
    • Karen Morgan - The Art of Gluten-Free
      Starts: 6:30 pm
      Ends: September 30, 2014 - 7:30 pm
      Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
    • Rebecca Alexander - Not Fade Away
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: September 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: Books Inc, Berkeley; 1760 4th St, Berkely, 94710
    • Paul Williams & Tracey Jackson - Gratitude & Trust
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: September 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
    • Derek McCulloch - Displaced Persons
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: September 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: Green Apple Books, 2nd floor: 506 Clement St, San Francisco
    • David Bezmozgis - The Betrayers
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: September 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: JCCSF: 3200 California St, San Francisco
    • City Arts & Letters - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche & Dave Eggers
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: September 30, 2014 - 8:30 pm
      Location: Nourse Theater: 275 Hayes St, San Francisco
    • Chris Guillebeau - The Happiness of Pursuit
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: September 30, 2014 - 8:30 pm
      Location: The Booksmith: 1644 Haight St, San Francisco
  • October 4, 2014
    • Market to Table: Cooking Demonstrations by Cookbook Authors
      Starts: 10:30 am
      Ends: October 4, 2014 - 12:30 pm
      Location: Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
      Description: On Saturday mornings, chefs and cookbook authors lead free cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients from the Farmers Market. Join them in the CUESA kitchen (North Arcade) for tips, recipes, and a sample. Book Passage will be there with the books.
  • October 5, 2014
    • Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith
      Starts: 11:00 am
      Ends: October 5, 2014 - 12:00 pm
      Location: Author Appearance - , “” Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
      Description: Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith at Book Passage, Corte Madera
      Starting September 12!
      Sundays • 11:00 am • Free
      Summer is over and Christopher is back! Singer-songwriter Christopher Smith has been writing music and performing in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Smith writes well-crafted story songs that aim for the heart. Children of all ages—and adults—love him!

      These events are free and take place at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, unless otherwise noted. For information or to reserve autographed books, call 415-927-0960 or go to



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