Do Books Matter? Read The Bloomsbury Review
Over 30 years ago, The Bloomsbury Review emerged from the back room of an independent bookstore in Denver as a harbinger in the shifting literary world. Its message didn't pull any punches :
We don't plug the mega-bestsellers. We don't push celebrity biographies or "how-to-get-richer-thinner-smarter-happier books." And we don't hype books or authors that are reviewed in every newspaper and magazine in the country. You hear enough about them already. The Bloomsbury Review is simply lively writing about good reading and great writers.
As book sections in daily newspapers vanish, and the whirl of social media and radio and TV networks blurs into fleeting headlines, the unfolding quarterly issues from The Bloomsbury Review have never seemed more important. And more lasting.
Do books matter? Do authors play a special role in our communities and lives?
Dating back to its first issue in 1980, The Bloomsbury Review has answered those questions with a commitment to small and independent presses, academic publishers, and the extraordinary works of thousands of American and international poets, novelists and nonfiction writers often left out of the daily pulp and media hype.
Featuring groundbreaking and in-depth interviews between authors and cutting edge reviews of new and rediscovered books, The Bloomsbury Review cultivated my generation -- and a huge community of readers in the 1980s until today -- with insights and challenges from emerging writers across the country, Latin American authors, Russia's literary underground, prose & poetry from the Caribbean, South African writers in the Apartheid era, among scores of other literary movements and themes rooted in the American West and across the States.
For many readers, TBR has been the place they discovered: Wendell Berry, Linda Hogan, Edwidge Danticat, Carolyn Forché, Rita Dove, Milan Kundera, Vikram Seth & Ted Conover, Ed Abbey and Barbara Kingsolver, Junot Diaz, Terry Tempest Williams, Eduardo Galeano, and Isabel Allende -- and literally thousands of other authors.
Every issue has wrestled with the role of the writer in society -- the dangerous intersection between arts, culture and resistance. Based in the American West, The Bloomsbury Review has provided some of the most important and pioneering analysis on the role of writing, the land and a sense of place.
And now The Bloomsbury Review needs our help. The cost of ethics, as David Perkins has noted, has been especially devastating for the literary world and print media.
Without any major corporate support, a grassroots effort has emerged to keep The Bloomsbury Review and its legacy alive. Here's an update from Alice Auer Connor, the sister of Tom Auer, founder of The Bloomsbury Review, and sister to current Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Marilyn Auer:
I am starting a grassroots effort to preserve one of our national literary treasures, The Bloomsbury Review. It is a small, beautifully written quarterly magazine about what is new and upcoming in the book world, focusing on the work of new and seasoned writers. It has been advertising supported for the last 33 years, but as we all know, advertising dollars are severely limited these days. We have loyal readers and followers -- it is to you that I am reaching out today and to your friends who read. I am an avid book lover and reader and average about $40 per month in book purchases.
Since we are in danger of closing our doors, I am asking that you please donate $40 one time to The Bloomsbury Review, to keep the magazine open, to keep my sister Marilyn, the editor and publisher, working her special kind of magic for the written-word artists in our world today. If this amount of money is not comfortable for you, please send what you can. The bare-bones budget won't change. It will remain the same.