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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.

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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  • Events on August 22, 2014
    • Tuscan Sun Wines - Complimentary Wine Tasting
      Starts: 6:00 pm
      Ends: August 22, 2014 - 7:00 pm
      Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
    • Mark and Talia Kurlansky - International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World
      Starts: 6:30 pm
      Ends: August 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
      Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
    • Kelli Stanley - City of Ghosts
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: August 22, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: Books Inc, Berkeley; 1760 4th St, Berkely, 94710
  • Events on August 23, 2014
    • Christine Brontein - Stewie Boomstein Starts School
      Starts: 10:00 am
      Ends: August 23, 2014 - 11:00 am
      Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
    • Market to Table: Cooking Demonstrations by Cookbook Authors
      Starts: 10:30 am
      Ends: August 23, 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.
    • Pam McElroy - The Green Teen Cookbook
      Starts: 1:00 pm
      Ends: August 23, 2014 - 2:00 pm
      Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
    • Ken White - Getaway Day
      Starts: 2:00 pm
      Ends: August 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
      Location: Copperfield’s Books 3740 Bel Aire Plaza Highway 29 & Trancas Street Napa
    • Karen Wilkinson - The Art of Tinkering
      Starts: 4:00 pm
      Ends: August 23, 2014 - 5:00 pm
      Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera

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