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

Salman Rushdie hospitalized after attack onstage in New York state

The author was about to give a talk at a prestigious event in Chautauqua, N.Y., when he was stabbed in the neck and abdomen.

August 12, 2022

Who is Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie, the author of "The Satanic Verses," was brutally attacked just as he was about to speak to an audience at the Chautauqua Institution.

August 12, 2022

Julian Barnes is back. But where’s the magic?

In "Elizabeth Finch," obsession is a dull affliction.

August 9, 2022

What if White people woke up with dark skin? Mohsin Hamid’s novel wonders.

Book review of "The Last White Man," by Mohsin Hamid, which imagines a town in which everyone becomes dark-skinned.

August 2, 2022

Anthony Marra’s cinematic novel captures the intricate cruelties of war

'Mercury Pictures Presents’ shows how war affects the lives of a cast of characters connected through a Hollywood studio

July 26, 2022

In ‘The Displacements,’ a hurricane turns the rich into refugees

In "The Displacements," a hurricane destroys Miami and makes millions of Americans homeless.

July 19, 2022

‘Our Wives Under the Sea’ is exquisitely suspenseful

"Our Wives Under the Sea," by Julia Armfield, is a story of dying love and sea monsters.

July 12, 2022

In Gabrielle Zevin’s novel, two video game designers chase love IRL

"Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow," by Gabrielle Zevin, is a novel about video game makers who came of age with Donkey Kong and fell in love.

June 28, 2022

‘Thrust’ delivers a mind-blowing critique of America’s ideals

Lidia Yuknavitch’s dreamy new novel imagines a girl swimming through the country’s grim past and future

June 21, 2022

Oprah’s latest book club pick: ‘Nightcrawling,’ by Leila Mottley

"Nightcrawling" is a harrowing story of life on the streets and police corruption, by Leila Mottley, the youngest Oprah Book Club author.

June 14, 2022