Ron Charles (critic)

Ron Charles (born 1962 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a book critic at The Washington Post. His awards include the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award Nona Balakian Citation[1] for book reviews,[2] and 1st Place for A&E Coverage from the Society for Features Journalism in 2011.[3] He was one of three jurors for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.[4]

Before joining the Post in 2005, Charles was the book review editor and staff critic for seven years at The Christian Science Monitor.[1]

Sometime after August 2010, with his review of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom,[5] Charles began a series of video book reviews for The Washington Post called "The Totally Hip Video Book Review".[6] In the series, Charles, sometimes featuring his wife, high school English teacher Dawn Charles, hams it up with sight gags and intentionally bad jokes. It is a satirical look at current books in the news and the art of book reviewing.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Ron Charles Wins NBCC Nona Balakian Citation". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Ron Charles's NBCC Acceptance Speech in NYC". YouTube. March 3, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Excellence-in-Features Writing". Society for Features Journalism. Archived from the original on August 11, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Ron Charles (August 30, 2010). "Video review of Freedom". Washington Post. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Dan Ozzi (Feb 14, 2011). "For Your Consideration: Ron Charles, Video Book Reviewer". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Videos by Ron Charles: Totally Hip Video Book Reviewer series". The Washington Post. September 22, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2012.

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