Ron Charles’ NBCC Awards Speech

Ron Charles, a gifted book critic and one of my editors at the Washington Post Book World, recently won the 2008 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle, an award that was announced earlier this year but presented formally at an awards ceremony on March 12. Charles’ acceptance speech is a marvel — not just laugh-out-loud funny but also provocative and persuasive and indicative of the passion for books that his reviews regularly display. I wasn’t at the ceremony and was slow to see the clip below after the fact, but I’m eager to share it now.


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