Presenter: Vicky Smith
Date & Time: Saturday, April 21 | 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: Open
Fee: MWPA Member $Free | Nonmember $5
RSVP: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to info@mainewriters.org


Join Vicky Smith, the current children’s and former teen books editor at Kirkus Reviews, for an inside peek at the process of professional book reviewing.

Attendees of this lecture will learn the differences among various review outlets, the various uses to which reviews are put by their readers⏤such as researchers, librarians, and entertainment industry professionals⏤and the nitty-gritty of reviewing itself. Smith will also touch on the review process from the publisher’s perspective.

There will be ample time for questions following the presentation.


Vicky Smith is the current children’s & former teen books editor of Kirkus Reviews, a semimonthly journal trusted for its honest, authoritative opinions since 1933 (though she hasn’t been there nearly that long). A holder of a Master of Arts degree in children’s literature from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons, she is also now an adjunct instructor in that program. She has served on numerous books-award committees, including the Newbery and Caldecott, and she chaired the 2010 Sibert committee. When she is not reading or writing about books for children and teens, she enjoys bicycling the Maine coast and tending her backyard bees. She is also a former Guinness world record holder for longest team read-aloud, which mostly proves that anybody who can read can also break a world record if they are nutty enough.