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Bookforum cover April/May 2010
EditorMichael Miller
Former editors
  • Eric Banks
  • (Editor)[1]
  • Chris Lehmann
  • (Co-Editor)
  • Maggie Foucault
  • (Associate Editor)
  • Alfredo Perez
  • ( Editor)
CategoriesLiterature, culture
PublisherBhaskar Sunkara
Founded1994; 30 years ago (1994)
Company1865 Publications LLC
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City, New York

Bookforum is an American book review magazine devoted to books and the discussion of literature. After announcing that it would cease publication in December 2022,[2][3][4][5] it reported its relaunch under the direction of The Nation magazine six months later.[6]


Based in New York City, New York, the magazine was launched in 1994 as a literary supplement to Artforum. Originally published biannually, it became a quarterly in 1998, and since 2005, Bookforum has published five times a year in February, April, June, September, and December.

Describing the magazine to The Village Voice in 2003, former editor (2003–2008) Eric Banks said that the magazine targets a demographic "like the New York Review's but much younger. I think there is an audience of intellectual readers between 25 and 40 out there – the kind of person who buys The New Republic, The Nation, and The New York Review of Books, but doesn't have an allegiance to a particular publication."[7]

In addition to publishing book reviews, essays and current-events columns, the magazine regularly features interviews with authors, including:

In 2009, the magazine's website was redesigned to include a nationwide literary-events calendar, internet exclusive book reviews, two blogs — Paper Trail and Omnivore — and a section called Syllabi, which features reading lists written by authors and critics.[8]

On December 12, 2022, Bookforum announced that it would cease publication following the purchase of its companion magazine Artforum by Penske Media Corporation (PMC) earlier that month.[2][3][4][5] In June 2023, it announced it would return in August 2023 through a partnership with The Nation.[6]

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  1. ^ "Eric Banks – New York Institute for the Humanities". New York Institute for the Humanities. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Stewart |, Sophia (December 12, 2022). "'Bookforum' to Cease Publication". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Bansinath, Bindu (December 22, 2022). "Bookforum Was a Good Magazine". Vulture. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Dwyer, Kate; Harris, Elizabeth A. (December 22, 2022). "Bookforum Is Closing, Leaving Ever Fewer Publications Devoted to Books". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Chayka, Kyle (December 19, 2022). "Bookforum and a Bleak Year for Literary Magazines". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Dwyer, Kate (June 22, 2023). "Bookforum Is Returning, Months After Its Closure Was Mourned in the Literary World". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  7. ^ Cotts, Cynthia (July 1, 2003). "Banks Knows His Books – Quarterly Gets New Editor and Makeover". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Murg, Stephanie (January 20, 2009). "Bookforum Launches New Website" Archived July 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. UnBeige (blog of Media Bistro. Retrieved January 3, 2013.

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