". . . a call to arms . . . measured and analytic--its cadences are those of a committed, engaged intellectual. Still, for all of its hard-headed, theoretically penetrating analyses, it is also a tender treatise. It is full of love--for girls, who have the right to live fully, and for all marginalized people, who should have all the rights that white French people have." --Women's Review of Books
Founded in late 2006 by Chris Anderson, Kevin Smokler, and Adam Goldstein, BookTour.com has the potential to be a great resource for authors and audiences alike. I say potential because the site is still in the beta stage and has a few bugs to be worked out like the search engine, which needs to be refined so that it pulls up more relevant results. (Example: Search for the book "White Heat," and the book "What to Eat" is at the top of the search listings.)
Despite some minor technical difficulties, the concept of the site is a good one. It is a free service that brings together authors and audiences. Authors or their publicists can use this service to promote upcoming author events. I didn't try adding any of our author events to BookTour yet, but the site claims that it is "wicked easy." Anyone can submit events without having to register on the site as a publicist or author. I like the idea of open access for all users, but I can also see problems with this. The site has to assume that its users (who range from people in the publishing industry to general book fans) are providing reliable information, which might not always be the case.
In addition, through this website book clubs, bookstores, and individuals can invite an author to speak in their area. This is an attractive service because it cuts out the legwork involved in tracking down the correct contact person to set up an author event. As BookTour's tagline says, the site easily facilitates on online gathering place "where authors and audiences meet."
"Much like the wonderful state of Indiana, Michael Martone's 'Double-Wide' isn't something you can experience in a few hours. Each
of the short stories contained in this collection is like a weekend
trip: You venture out to explore some unknown, if slightly familiar,
territory, then return home to meditate on the journey. If you try to
see all Indiana has to offer in one day, you'll miss most of the fine
details." --Indianapolis Star <Read full review>
"The text, by Nicholas Fraser . . . pulls off the balancing act between providing reliable information and a comprehensible story that is easily understood by non-academics. . . . [an] impressive book." Download full review: Download Dawn_of_Dinos_review.pdf