The Chicago Review of Books is an independent literary review dedicated to diverse voices, settings, genres, and ideas in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and anything else that’s printed on paper. We want to make the literary conversation more inclusive.

Diverse voices. We believe literary criticism should engage with writers from all continents and cultures. We believe independent, university, and small presses deserve a larger place in the cultural conversation alongside the Big Five publishers.

Diverse settings. While we do cover some Chicago-based writers and books, the Chicago Review of Books is as untethered to city limits as the New York Review of Books and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Diverse genres. We do not believe in the antiquated distinction between “literary” and “genre” fiction. We read an eclectic mix of books and will never compliment a title by saying it “transcends the genre.”

Diverse ideas. We seek to explore the connections between literature, current events, politics, and pop culture. Our contributors are as diverse as the books we cover, from established authors, journalists, and writing professors to students and freelance critics.


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