Life Begins at Forty Book Reviewing Careers Beckon By ROBERT PETERSON few things delight me more than hearing a lively review of a current book. But it's a rare treat because there aren't many book reviewers around anymore. Despite the fact that our population is increasing and thrre It supposed to be more interest in literature than ever, there are •aid to be only 20 or 30 lecturers ! in the nation whose chosen field is the verbal book review. One iif tlt e best of these is Mrs. Val Mikush, a chic, slender, grandmother who look up book reviewing as a career well after 40 and whose fields of toll are the palmy cultural circles of Ft. , Lauderdale, Fla. When I met this alert, vital vvomun recently, I asked what is happening to her profession. "Nothing at all — we just need more book reviewers who are capable and articulate. A good book review still goes o>er With a bang before' almost any audience. "The loctl library gives me first chance at all.-' w books, and I generally read about 125 tome.; a year. I'm thus equipped to review just about any '*«r>k which a group may request. Has she any trade secrets? "Yes, and I don't mind sharing them. My reviewing technique is to make brief pencil notations in MARMADUKE You certainly have him well -trained, Winslow! Union Strikes Another Union KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A union went on strike against another union here Wednesday. The strike by Office Workers Local 320 against United Auto Workers Local 31 resulted from a dispute over contract terms for the local's office secretary, Mrs. Maxine Cope. Mrs. Cope and two other members of the OfficeWorkers local picketed the UAW headquarters at 1019 Waterway Drive. Some UAW members declined to cross the picket line. "We have tried to get a contract with the UAW local here since January," Mrs. Florence M. Carlson, president and business agent for the office employes said, "bet the president and the otfier negotiators have refuse^ to offer us a contract equal to those we" have with the other UAW locals." "We have been most reluctant to call a strike, against another union." the margins as I'm reading. Then when I've finish-, the book I simply type up my marginal notes and this is my outline. "Perhaps the most important factor in th e success of t. book review is action. You've simply got to keep your presentation dynamic and speak in a good, -.lear voice. You must ilso organize your material so as to emphasize interesting, significant issues and avoid tedious .overage of trivial details. "It's also important to dramatize whenever possible. T was interested in the theater as a young woman, and booh reviewing gives me a chance to dramatize occasional bits of dialogue from a story — something audiences always enjoy. I asked how she .ets her engagements. "Contrary to most book reviewers, I've never had an agent and depend entirely on word-of-mouth advertising. I'm fairly well-known mw and generally give 60 book review:, between October and May. "Women's groups are my biggest market, there are also church groups, service clubs, fraternal organizations, and private engagements. The latter are usually luncheon and dinner par- lies where the host or hostess engages me to come in afterwards and entertain the guests with a book review." She went on to say tlu. her reviews always run exactly 60 minutes, and that her fee ranges between $35 and $50. Did she see any reason why more folks could not find new careers as book reviewers — particularly those along in years? "Not at all," she concluded. 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