Praise for The Independent

  • February 23, 2012

First Anniversary Wishes

“Happy Birthday! Every issue is the best kind of present– full of delightful, original, thoughtful surprises. Cheers!”
Patricia O’Toole, author of When Trumpets Call:  Theodore Roosevelt After the White House.

“I look forward every day to hearing from The Washington Independent Review of Books for its lively reviews and features on writers and writing, connecting books to readers, and bringing a real sense of community and inspiration.  It belies the image of Washington as some grey bureaucratic town, insisting upon the vibrant, creative, intellectual, and imaginative life of our city and our country.  Three cheers for the Independent, and buckets of roses for your First Anniversary.”
Keith Donohue, author of Centuries of June.

“Bravo to The Independent! Over recent years we have all watched the demise of literary criticism in America with dismay. Once book sections graced the pages of almost every newspaper of decent size. Now print reactions to our fine, hard-won books have been reduced almost to zero. The Independent points the way to the future: smart, interesting, comprehensive books reviews on the Web. Hooray! Writers owe The Independent a cheer of gratitude.”
James Reston, Jr., author of Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade, and The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews.

“For those of us chagrined by the disappearance of newspaper book review sections, the arrival of the Washington Independent Review of Books has been a Godsend. Literate, smart, bright, lively, and independent reviews of the most interesting books. What else could a reader ask for? Happy first anniversary! Here’s to many more.”
James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

“Bravo on the first anniversary of the Washington Independent Review of Books.  The Independent has provided a year’s worth of marvelous content that any book lover wants and needs.  That is indeed a noteworthy accomplishment.”
Ron Liebman, author of Jersey Law

“The Independent is more than just book reviews; it’s an invaluable hub for book lovers! With its thoughtful features, blog posts, and Q&As, it encourages readers to engage with books on many levels. I can’t believe it’s only been around a year!”
Frances Bajet, Cambridge University Press

“As book review space in traditional media continues its decline, it has been refreshing and exciting to see new endeavors like the Washington Independent Review of Books step forward to provide a dedicated forum for reviews and features out of sheer love and dedication to books and reading. Happy 1st Anniversary, and may you have many more!”
Prometheus Books

“Congrats on a great first year, and thanks for your efforts to keep people reading—not just our books, but books in general.”
DaCapo Press, Perseus Books

“Congratulations on your first full year, I think you guys are doing great work.”
Stephen Weil, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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