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Ron Charles

“A Life in Books”


Ron Charles came to The Washington Post in 2005 and became the editor of “Book World” in 2016. He is now a full-time writer for the Post, where he covers books and produces the weekly Book Club newsletter. In 2010 he began a series of video book reviews for the Post called “The Totally Hip Video Book Review,” a satirical look at current books in the news and the art of book reviewing which sometimes features his wife, high school English teacher Dawn Charles. Once a month, he also hosts “The Book Report” on CBS TV’s Sunday Morning. A native of Missouri and a graduate of Washington University, prior to coming to the Post, for seven years he was editor of the book section of The Christian Science Monitor; and from 2013 to 2020, he hosted “Life of a Poet,” an interview series co-sponsored by the Library of Congress. In 2008, he received the National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Citation for book reviews and 1st place for A&E Coverage from the American Society for Features Journalism; in 2014 he served as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; and in 2018 he won the Louis Shores Award for excellence in reviewing from the American Library Association.

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