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Saturday, October 19 • 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Criticizing Criticism

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In a world of Amazon and Goodreads reviews, is there a still a need and a place for the professional critic? Have critics been failing to keep pace with new technology and changes in how writing about writing is consumed, or has the craft become lost between the academic and the popular? How can critics and book reviewers reclaim the trust and attention of readers? In a world of algorithms and '5 stars!', what is it that critical writers bring to the table that can't be crowdsourced?

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Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room. His nonfiction has appeared in AE, The New York Review of Science Fiction, the Ottawa Citizen and at Tor.com. His sf fanzine, Ecdysis, was a two-time Aurora Award finalist. He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his wife, their three cats... Read More →

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Shirley Meier

Shirley Meier has been writing professionally since the 1980s and lives in Toronto. She is launching her latest book, ‘Blood Marble’, a Fifth Millenium fantasy, later this year and is working on a YA novel to come out early next year. As well as being an award-winning author... Read More →
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Michael Skeet

Michael Skeet is an award-winning Canadian writer and broadcaster. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he began writing for radio before finishing college. He has published two novels (A Poisoned Prayer; A Tangled Weave) with Five Rivers Publishing, a third (Dixie's Land) under his own HLPL... Read More →
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Una Verdandi

Una Verdandi is an editor and writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. When she is not exorcising her muses into a Word document, she is probably painting, embroidering, or pondering the meaning of life. (Just kidding—life is meaningless.) As a professional editor, she helps... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Salon D - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

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