Ron Charles

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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]

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 Franzen's Freedom,[4] Charles began a series of video book reviews for The Washington Post titled "The Totally Hip Video Book Review".[5] 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.[6]

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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. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ron Charles (August 30, 2010). "Video review of Freedom". Washington Post. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Dan Ozzi (Feb 14, 2011). "For Your Consideration: Ron Charles, Video Book Reviewer". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Videos by Ron Charles: Totally Hip Video Book Reviewer series". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 

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