Archive for January, 2010

Won't Anyone Please Think of the Comics?
By January 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Won't Anyone Please Think of the Comics?

So, the iPad is here (yes yes, total namefail) and all the geeks are mad because it does what everyone’s been conjecturing it’ll do for months if not years, but fails to do anything that no one thought of. Do people think that Apple has people coming up with ideas from different dimensions? Is it supposed […]

Reviewing Reviews: A Book Group Perspective
By January 27, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Reviewing Reviews: A Book Group Perspective

My email box today contained an invitation to an upcoming panel (sponsored by two of the other review journals, not Booklist) about the future of book reviews. The questions they will address, about the importance of quality reviews to consumers and the comparative value of less authoritative reviews on the Internet, are good ones. Frankly, the […]

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Reid Wins Costa

Reid Wins Costa

With Reid’s A Scattering named Costa’s Book of the Year, Colm Toibin continues to be a bridesmaid. Albeit a bridesmaid £5,000 richer. Reid’s book of poetry, an account of his wife’s struggle with cancer and eventual death, won in an upset over Toibin’s Brooklyn. Unlike last year’s winner, the panel of judges had nothing but glowing […]

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Neil’s New Sci Fi and Fantasy Book Group Guide Is Here
By January 27, 2010 3 Comments Read More →

Neil’s New Sci Fi and Fantasy Book Group Guide Is Here

A copy of what looks like a wonderful book group resource just arrived in my office. It’s Fellowship in a Ring: A Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups, by Book Group Buzz’s own Neil Hollands. In addition  to offering advice on starting and running a sci fi/fantasy book group, Neil explains the genres and […]

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The Ranger's Apprentice Series

The Ranger's Apprentice Series

Cindy: While strolling the ALA exhibits last week we were in the Penguin booth and Lynn noticed a poster about John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series. She loves the series and said, “Oh, there’s a series I’m all caught up on. I’ve read all six.” We picked up a few galleys they had out on the […]

What to Read at Work
By January 26, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

What to Read at Work

On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Toby Lichtig bemoans bad weather’s effect on workday reading: when you can’t go outside at lunch, just where and how are you supposed to get any reading done? He also identifies five books not to read on your lunch break – because they bring with them “a horrible sense of deja vu”: […]

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National Book Critics Circle Announces 2009 Nominees

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2009 Nominees

On Saturday, the National Book Critics Circle gave nods to the best in fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, poetry, and criticism, including Booklist’s own Donna Seaman. For the complete list of finalists, visit the NBCC’s blog. Winners will be announced on March 11.

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BBYA Changes Update

BBYA Changes Update

Cindy and Lynn: At the ALA Midwinter Meetings in Boston the YALSA Board voted unanimously to adopt the changes to the Best Books for Young Adults Committee that eliminate adult books, graphic novels, and nonfiction from the BBYA committee. YALSA has posted an FAQ page to help answer some of the questions that we and […]

Authors You Should Try:  Jean Hegland
By January 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Authors You Should Try: Jean Hegland

Jean Hegland only has 2 novels, but they are both perfect choices for book discussion.  Interestingly enough, they couldn’t be more different from each other. Into the Forest is a post-apocalyptic story of two teenage sisters, Nell and Eva, who go through the end of the world with only each other to rely on.  It’s […]

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Emma on Masterpiece
By January 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Emma on Masterpiece

I hope all of you Jane Austen fans were able to watch (or, like me, record) the first part of the new  Masterpiece Emma adaptation that aired last night on PBS. This makes the fourth Emma in recent memory, following the BBC adaptation in 1993, the 1997 version starring Kate Beckinsale and shown on A&E,  and the […]

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