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2014 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced

2014 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Kirkus Prize, announced yesterday at a ceremony in Austin Texas. Fifty thousand dollars in prize money is annually bestowed on the three winners. Find our reviews of these winning titles, linked below. Fiction Euphoria, by Lily King   Nonfiction Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast   […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!

The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!

Look at that box! Don’t you want to know what’s in it? Aren’t you just dying for a peek? Well, we’ll never divulge the contents, but we can tell you it’s worth having—and, if you can use scissors, construction paper, and a glue stick, you have an excellent chance of having the Booklist Mystery Box delivered […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Yeah, yeah, sure. It’s one thing for an author to scare you stiff with stuff that might happen, that could happen—when we know it probably won’t. This Halloween, let’s scare ourselves with skin-crawling reads that are terrifying precisely because THEY ARE TRUE. (This all started, by the way, with Booklist editorial assistant Sarah Grant, who had us all dancing […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies

Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies

When a series of animated Superman shorts from the 1940s entered the public domain, artist and writer Brian Fies used one as a launching pad for this Eisner-nominated webcomic about the Inventor, an aged villain, and his protracted plan to wreak vengeance on his enemies. The original Superman cartoon forms the backstory—Superman and Lois Lane […]

By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

The third annual Chicago Writers Conference will be held this weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Just kidding, it’s in Chicago. It’s a small and well-run event that stresses practical advice for aspiring authors—founder Mare Swallow is not a fan of empty platitudes or back-slapping from presenters. This year, attendees can look forward to hearing from authors such […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

Lynn: Teens often toss around words such as “tyrant” and “dictator” when describing a parent who has thwarted their plans—but what if a parent really WAS a tyrant, responsible for brutal punishments and the deaths of his countrymen? That’s the unusual premise of The Tyrant’s Daughter (2014).  Fifteen-year-old Laila used to live a cosseted life of luxury […]