News, VOLUME 12

Important Announcement! The Future of the ERB Magazine and our Forthcoming Podcast

We have some sad news to announce, but also some really exciting news too!

We recently sent the following note to our magazine subscribers:

You are receiving this email because you have supported us with a subscription to the magazine. We appreciate your support, and are grateful for ways the ways you have read, shared, and engaged with our work.

Unfortunately, the ERB magazine will be stopping publication after our Lent 2020 issue (and the final Lent 2020 issue will be a special issue diving deep into the best books of 2019). There’s a complex series of factors that have led us to this decision, but the short version is that we don’t have the resources (financial or personnel) to continue to do the magazine well. We will certainly continue our online publication — in fact, a podcast in currently in the works and a new website is also in development now, and will be rolled out around the same time that the magazine stops — and we may revive the print magazine at some point in the future.

We feel fortunate that, in a marketplace that is not kind to print publications, you have helped us to stay in print for nearly a decade! We will miss publishing the magazine, and especially being able to put a product of our love and work into your hands every three months.

Although we grieve the end of the magazine, we have much to be thankful for and some exciting things emerging in its place:

First, John Wilson will be continuing with us as Contributing Editor. We’ve been excited to work with John over the last year-and-a-half, and delighted that he has agreed to continue on post-magazine. Stay tuned for news about how he will be involved in the work of the ERB as we get into 2020.

Secondly, we have a new website in development! An overhaul has been long-overdue, and we are excited to have a fresh design, and one that will cooperate better with mobile devices.


And finally, we also will be launching a podcast!  Hosted by myself ( ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith) and my friend Jen Pollock Michel, and with ERB Contributing Editor John Wilson as a frequent participant and Joel Wentz as the producer and audio guru, The Englewood Review of Books podcast will be an on-going panel conversation about the books we are reading and about our habits of reading.  So many good folks are doing book-related podcasts that feature author-interviews, so we wanted to do something different. Our podcast will be a panel conversation, hosted by Chris and Jen, with a rotating cast of writers and readers who join us to talk about the best books they’re reading, and when and where and how they prefer to read.

Today we recorded the first two episodes, Episode One (Introductions with Chris, Jen, and John Wilson) and Episode Two (Chris and Jen, with ERB contributors and friends Amy Peterson and Tim Hoiland). It was a blast to talk about reading with these friends, and I hope you will have as much fun listening in, as we did recording them!  Our plan is to record an initial run of four episodes, and if they turn out well, we will likely record more…

Stay tuned for the release of the podcast in early 2020!

If you appreciate the work we do and  want to support the work of the ERB, including these exciting new ventures, consider making a year-end donation. (The ERB is an initiative of the 501(c) 3 nonprofit Englewood Community Development Corporation and all donations are tax-deductible.)


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Englewood Community Dev. Corp
57 N Rural St
Indianapolis, IN 46201
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

One Comment

  1. I very much look forward to seeing your new website and your podcast.