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

In ‘Dinosaurs,’ Lydia Millet mourns the burdens a rich man bears

In Millet's first novel since the scathing "A Children's Bible," a wealthy man walks from New York to Phoenix to find purpose in his sad life of ease.

September 27, 2022

Sexual abuse casts a long shadow in Ian McEwan’s ‘Lessons’

In McEwan's profound new novel, a man remembers being abused by his piano teacher as a teenager and struggles to reclaim his life.

September 20, 2022

A.M. Homes traces the frightening (and hilarious) roots of GOP decay

"The Unfolding," by A.M. Homes, is a witty satire about wealthy Republicans plotting to set America straight after Barack Obama defeats John McCain.

September 13, 2022

James Patterson’s ‘Blowback’ asks, ‘What if we elected a psychopath?’

James Patterson teams up with Brendan DuBois on a thriller that, despite appearances, isn't about Donald Trump.

September 6, 2022

In Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘The Marriage Portrait,’ matrimony leads to death

A terrific historical novel about a teenage girl who knows her husband is plotting to murder her.

August 30, 2022

Never read Nobel winner Abdulrazak Gurnah? Start with ‘Afterlives.’

When Abdulrazak Gurnah won the Nobel Prize in literature last year, not nearly enough people had read anything by the Tanzanian-born writer.

August 23, 2022

In Emma Donoghue’s ‘Haven,’ the drama accumulates slowly

A year after "Matrix" became an unlikely bestseller, Emma Donoghue brings us a monastic story of her own.

August 16, 2022

Salman Rushdie is expected to recover. Freedom of expression may not.

Salman Rushdie's appearance at Chautauqua was a thrilling affirmation of the importance of unfettered arenas of intellectual exchange.

August 15, 2022

Salman Rushdie hospitalized after attack onstage in New York

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. A suspect has been arrested and charged.

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