GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo has launched the first-ever National Book Review Month (NaRMo).
Reviewers are encouraged to write reviews of between 100 and 1,000 words and submit them in February to the NaRMo website. Reviews are encouraged from a variety of genres, including children’s books, drama, non-fiction fiction and poetry. The goal of the organization is to increase the number of book reviews of writers from all styles and backgrounds during the month of February, though reviews are encouraged throughout the year.
“There is National Poetry Month, National Novel Writing Month and here at SUNY Geneseo, we want to initiate a National Book Review Month,” said Lytton Smith, assistant professor of poetry at Geneseo. “I despair every time I hear about the death of poetry or fiction or books in general. There’s more amazing contemporary writing out there than anyone would have time to read, and NaRMo is our way of beginning to help people find the books that are looking for them.”
Poet Allison Brown, digital publishing services manager at Geneseo’s Milne Library, says libraries know the value of a good review and allows them to help readers find the right book.
“Librarians also have a long history of contributing to review publications, so Milne Library is honored to support National Book Review Month and encourages readers to speak out for the books they love.”
To submit to NaRMo and read reviews, visit http://narmo.milne-library.org/
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