Archive for May, 2012

Buzzy Summer Suspense: Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”

Buzzy Summer Suspense: Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”

The new buzzy suspense book of the summer comes out on June 5th: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Flynn’s latest suspense novel is a dark, twisted psychological thriller that will have everybody talking. Gone Girl will keep readers guessing every step of the way. EarlyWord announced Gone Girl as one to watch, with rave reviews in […]

Booklist Youth Forum 2012

Booklist Youth Forum 2012

By tradition, Friday nights at ALA Annual Conference belong to the Booklist Youth Forum. We are especially excited to announce our 2012 panelists, a who’s who of popular authors outspoken on this year’s topic: “Guy Writers Talk Guy Readers.” Michael Grant, author of the bestselling Gone series and the new novel BZRK. Jon Scieszka, former […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The 500

Book Trailer Thursday: The 500

Book Trailer Thursday’s Month of Mystery comes to a close with Matthew Quirk’s debut thriller The 500–read the Booklist high-demand, starred review here. 20th Century Fox bought the book’s screen rights over a year ago, which presumably upped the ante for this trailer replete with cash, cocaine, disembodied bare legs, and foreboding flames. Since I […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Video
Serendipity in the Stacks #3: The Persian Pickle Club

Serendipity in the Stacks #3: The Persian Pickle Club

Looking for a summertime mystery for your book group? Here’s the easiest book-sell I’ve ever done in a booktalk presentation, in the stacks, or to a teen. The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas,”I defy you to figure out who did it before the last page.” This homey and warm Depression-era mystery will appeal to […]

In Memory: Leo Dillon and Ellen Levine

In Memory: Leo Dillon and Ellen Levine

This week marks the deaths of two multiple-award-winning children’s book creators:  Leo Dillon and Ellen Levine . In this online space, we invite you to share your personal stories about Dillon and Levine and the impact that their books have made on you, on the young people in your lives, and on the field of […]

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories, News
Great Choices for Book Groups, New in Paper

Great Choices for Book Groups, New in Paper

Most book groups prefer to choose titles available in paperback in an effort to protect the budgets of their members. It’s a good policy, not only because it’s economical, but because sometimes brand new titles aren’t quite as good as the hype that surrounds them. The IndieNext list of book group choices recently available in […]

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Lynn: Eleven-year-old Moses LoBeau already has all the mysteries she can handle when “trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing, at exactly seven minutes past noon…”  Mo yearns to find her “Upstream Mother,” the mother who tied her to a billboard during a hurricane to save her life.  And then there’s the Colonel who found Mo floating […]

Jennifer Egan's "Black Box," Tweet by Tweet

Jennifer Egan's "Black Box," Tweet by Tweet

I’ve been a Jennifer Egan fan since her first book, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995, so I was thrilled at the triumph of her most recent novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. It was Booklist‘s 2011 Top of the List, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Rumor has […]

Hostile Questions: Ally Carter

Hostile Questions: Ally Carter

Beware Ally Carter. She’s got sticky fingers, if you know what I mean. You might be, say, conducting a perfectly innocent interview in which you are throwing extremely aggressive questions in her general direction and suddenly–hey, didn’t I have a priceless Rembrandt on my office wall? Well, what did I expect from the bestselling author […]

Noir

Noir

For the last genre study that my Crime Fiction Book Discussion Group completed this cycle, I selected noir as the subgenre. For me, noir can be cut down to these essential elements:  the character screws up and dies. My benchmark book for noir was They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy, first published by […]