Ron Charles

Washington, D.C.

Critic, Book World

Education: Washington University, M.A in English

Ron Charles writes about books and publishing for The Washington Post. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest. Before moving to the District, he edited the books section of the Christian Science Monitor in Boston. His wife is an English teacher and the cinematographer of their satirical series, “The Totally Hip Video Book Review."
Latest from Ron Charles

How to make it rich as a bad art friend

Andrew Lipstein's "Last Resort" captures our tenuous ownership of life experiences and the vampiric practice of fiction writing.

January 18, 2022

The remarkable worlds of Hanya Yanagihara’s ‘To Paradise’

"To Paradise," by Hanya Yanagihara, is the author's first novel since "A Little Life" became a major literary event in 2015.

January 11, 2022

Say ‘I do’ to Xochitl Gonzalez’s ‘Olga Dies Dreaming’

Xochitl Gonzalez’s debut novel, “Olga Dies Dreaming,” is a smart romantic comedy that lures us in with laughter but keeps us hooked with insight.

January 4, 2022

Jenni Fagan’s ‘Luckenbooth’ is a deliciously weird gothic horror

Jenni Fagan's "Luckenbooth" is a gothic novel set in Edinburgh.

December 21, 2021

In ‘The Fortune Men,’ a corrupt legal system frames an innocent man

Nadifa Mohamed's novel is inspired by the life and death of Mahmood Hussein Mattan.

December 14, 2021

‘Small Things Like These’ reads like a Christmas classic

Claire Keegan’s novel breathes something vital into the season’s most cherished tales.

December 7, 2021

Hervé Le Tellier’s ‘The Anomaly’ has already sold a million copies in France. It should take off here, too.

With its elegant mix of science fiction and metaphysical mystery, Le Tellier’s thriller rests somewhere between “Lost” and “Manifest.”

November 30, 2021

Sarah Winman’s ‘Still Life’ feels like a Saturday night among old friends

“Still Life” is that rare, affectionate novel that makes one feel grateful to have been carried along.

November 23, 2021

    Need a book recommendation for the holidays? The Post’s book team provides their advice.

    The Washington Post’s Book World team answered your questions on Monday.

    November 22, 2021

    In Elif Shafak’s ‘The Island of Missing Trees,’ a surprising narrator makes sense of surreal events

    Shafak’s new novel weaves the tumultuous history of Cyprus into a story of young lovers split apart.

    November 16, 2021