Course Details

963: Reviewing New York Times Book Review

February 1, 2, 3, 4
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Since 1896, the weekly New York Times Book Review (NYTBR) has helped America’s curious, general-interest readers stay informed about new books and numerous interesting topics. Over time, the book industry has evolved with self-publishing, audio books, digital formats and now, radio podcasts. A beauty of NYTBR is how it selects 20-30 books from emerging and seasoned authors that are reviewed by freelance literary critics, novelists, and academics. A lure of the “Book Review Podcast” is host Pamela Paul’s interviewing style that probes nuanced views from authors. During each class, we’ll hear 2 podcasts, have volunteers summarize featured print reviews, then enjoy class conversations, and become knowledgeable with the current must-reads.

Class Format: Reading and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Carl Weichel
Carl Weichel has held various positions over his career in marketing, design, and advertising in Australia, South Africa, Canada, and San Francisco, and continues to consult. Carl has led OLLI study groups on Political Polarization, The 1960s, Eastern Thought, and David Brooks’ Writings.

Barbara Moldauer
Barbara Moldauer has worked as a speechwriter and scribe for energy, education, and labor organizations for audiences ranging from Congress to coal miners on issues running the gamut from aspirin to vouchers. Her specialty is conveying complex issues simply and memorably by marrying words and images for maximum effect. This is her first OLLI course.