At some point—which I missed—the SXSW festival/conference, now going on in Austin, stopped being mainly a music event and started also being about movies, websites, blogs, books, and every kind of new media possible. And god knows what else. (I was just scanning the voluminous schedule and I could swear I saw the words “sex party” at least twice.)
So that’s why—perhaps at this very moment—book review magazine and website Kirkus Reviews (founded by Virginia Kirkus in 1933) is announcing their new Blogger Network at SXSW. The blog part of the Kirkus website is being expanded to include writers who blog about a variety of subjects, including mysteries, science fiction, children’s books, and (drum roll) gardening. We’re proud to announce that the Ranters will be contributing posts about gardening and garden books to Kirkus—probably once a week starting today.
These won’t be traditional book reviews. Well, you know us. We won’t be able to stop ourselves from being silly, irreverent, off-topic, and—always—opinionated, even if we’re not exactly opining on the book in question. We will also be doing author interviews and almost anything else we think we can get away with.
Check out the first post here.