How unconventional approaches to book reviews can enhance scholarly engagement: Opinion

December 11, 2020
Book reviews can be a place to experiment and innovate in form, structure, and content, writes Letitia Henville in response to a question about whether writing book reviews is worth the effort. The author explains that while it can be useful to follow the pattern of a conventional book review, this approach does not necessarily further scholarly conversations. The author discusses how unconventional or creative book reviews – such as collaborations, interviews or responses from authors, and “remixes” – are more likely to lead to scholarly engagement. Writers can innovate in form, structure, and content while still giving readers the information they seek about a text. “Don’t take the sausage-factory approach – that form of book review is mere deadwood on your CV,” writes Henville. University Affairs (National)