April 25, 2010
Libel Case, Prompted by an Academic Book Review, Has Scholars Worried
If you're an author confronted with a negative book review, you have several options. You can write an angry letter to the editor. You can complain to friends and family about the reviewer's lack of discernment. You can decide that bad publicity is better than no publicity at all and let the book speak for itself (often the wisest course, in my experience as a book-review editor).
What you don't do is sue the editor of the newspaper or journal that published the review.
The Chronicle Review