About Red Weather Review

Dear Readers:

Red Weather Review is a literary blog about recent books, with a particular interest in the overlooked. Our focus is recent fiction and nonfiction–everything from literary novels to mysteries, and from biographies and works of history to essay collections and social criticism. We value good art that entertains and nonfiction that matters. We invite you to share your passions as a reader. Tell us about books and authors that excite you. Comments and ideas for reviews and stories are welcome. Write to jb@redweatherreview.com.


Books receive scant attention in the nation’s major print media. But many of us are hooked on books. We read them for work and for fun. We read them to stay informed, and to find our way in a complex time. So we want and need to know what’s worth reading. As a literary blog, Red Weather will help point you to the best in current fiction and nonfiction. We take our name from the poem “Disillusionment of Ten O’ Clock” by Wallace Stevens. The poet writes about people going to bed for the night. They forget to dream, to use their imagination. But here and there, a drunken sailor “catches tigers / in red weather.”


Joseph Barbato edits Red Weather. He has written about books and authors for many years. A former columnist and contributing editor at Publishers Weekly, he has contributed to the book pages of USA Today, Newsday, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. His books include the literary anthologies Heart of the Land (Pantheon) and Off the Beaten Path (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

Barbato is also a consultant to leading nonprofit institutions, including the American Academy in Berlin, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Authors Guild, and twice served as president of American Independent Writers.

Joe D. Barbato serves as consigliere at Red Weather.

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One Response to About Red Weather Review

  1. I wonder do you take small press books for review, and articles from other folks?

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