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An open letter to newspapers and other media outlets from the Authors Guild and the National Book Critics Circle

May 15 2020

From The Washington Post Book Club

You probably know that most news organizations have been walloped by the Great Cessation. Thousands of journalists have been laid off or furloughed, and many publications and web sites are expected to close — or already have. Unfortunately, book coverage has long been the canary in the coal mine of journalism. Some news organizations have dropped all book reviews; others have slashed their freelance budgets. This is hard for reviewers. It’s a disaster for authors and publishers, who now find themselves releasing books in a quiet, dark room. This week, the Authors Guild and the National Book Critics Circle issued an open letter to newspapers and other media outlets imploring them not to abandon books coverage...

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