Archive for June, 2007

Mister Pip Not Pipped at the Post

Mister Pip Not Pipped at the Post

Just thought I’d remind you that yesterday’s Review of the Day, Lloyd Jones’ Mister Pip, was the Overall Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. We hadn’t yet published our review when the award was announced because the book isn’t going to be published in the U.S. until August and weren’t able to get to it until the June […]

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Petterson Wins the IMPAC

Petterson Wins the IMPAC

I wasn’t planning to mention the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, but when I looked up the Booklist review of the winner, I changed my mind. Add to that the underdog story of a little-known Norwegian author knocking off heavyweights like Cormac McCarthy (full disclosure: I am part Norwegian, and I enjoy lefse) — and add to that the fact that the […]

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Booklist Editors March on Washington

Booklist Editors March on Washington

With the 2007 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. fast approaching, I thought I’d put together a handy guide to the programs and events where attendees will find Booklist and Booklist Online (ahem) editors. The 2000 Printz: A Reunion – Booklist Books for Youth Forum Friday, June 22, 8:00-10:00 p.m. Washington Renaissance Hotel, Ballroom East […]

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Christmas Black and Easter Dawn

Christmas Black and Easter Dawn

I’m almost done with Blonde Faith, the new Walter Mosley — it’s an Easy Rawlins, not a Sexistential novel — and it strikes me again how unique his character names are. Easy (Ezekiel Rawlins) and Mouse (Raymond Alexander) are part of the mystery-lover vernacular by now, of course, but with supporting characters, Mosley likes to get […]

The Audies: A Crowded Podium

The Audies: A Crowded Podium

So the Audies were announced way back on June 4. But with winners in 32 categories, can you blame me for procrastinating? Anyway, here are links to those that received reviews in Booklist. There’s a PDF with the full list here. Fiction, Unabridged Rise and Shine, by Anna Quindlen, read by Carol Monda (Recorded Books) […]

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TV about Books

TV about Books

Culture maven Carlos Orellana hipped me to a defunct British TV show (Channel 4) called “Black Books.” The horrifyingly unreliable Wikipedia describes it thusly: Black Books was a British sitcom broadcast on Channel 4 starring Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig, written by Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews, Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley and […]

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Chinua Achebe Wins the Man Booker International

Chinua Achebe Wins the Man Booker International

More award news – and further proof that Philip Roth doesn’t actually win everything he’s nominated for: Chinua Achebe has won the Man Booker International Prize. From Bloomberg (“Nigerian Author Achebe Wins Man Booker International,” by James Pressley): June 13 (Bloomberg) — Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the author of “Things Fall Apart” and “Anthills of the […]

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In My Mind, I'm Still Playing Pool

In My Mind, I'm Still Playing Pool

Out yesterday, playing pool with my father, who is visiting. Today? Ranting on the Booklist Book Club. And, of course, blogging. There’s my favorite book award, for instance, which announced its nominees in the category of Debut Author yesterday morning (“Quills Debut Author Nominees Picked,” Publishers Weekly): A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy […]

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Advertisements for Themselves

Advertisements for Themselves

So the New York Times has a book blog. Who knew? Well, Dan Kraus, Associate Editor of American Libraries, knew, and he duly alerted me. The blog, “Paper Cuts,” written by Dwight Garner, Senior Editor of the Book Review, may be worth reading, if the second post (“Book Ads: The Golden Age, 1962-1973“) is any indication: We’re going […]

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Knocked Up a Knock-Off?

Knocked Up a Knock-Off?

In an essay on Macleans (“Is that my baby on the screen?“), writer Rebecca Eckler explains her decision to sue film director Judd Apatow. She believes that his film, Knocked Up, appropriates material from her book, Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be. Although I didn’t read the book and I haven’t seen the movie, the similarities […]

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