All this week in the New York Times "Talk to the Newsroom" feature is a Q& A with the Book Review editor Sam Tanemnhaus.
The questions asked and the answers provided offer some good insight into how the Book Review section operates.
-explaining the process of how a book gets reviewed- from its arrival in the office to it being included in paper
-bias in book reviews
-reviewing books in translation and books from small independent publishers
While we are with Times. They also have a great story on finding a home for the amazing African-American History and literature collection built by Mayme Agnew Clayton, a retired university librarian. The collection consists of 30,000 rare and out-of-print books, 75,000 photographs; 9,500 sound recordings and tens of thousands of documents, manuscripts and correspondence.
The Written Nerd has a piece that is worth a read titled- Comment: New York Bookstores Need a Miracle Anyone, anywhere who has ever worked at an independent bookstore would appreciate this one. Anyone who has owned an independent bookstore would benefit from this read as well. A must read.