Awards

The Tenderness of Wolves

The Tenderness of Wolves

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney won the Costa Book of the Year Winner in 2006.  Trust me on this one:  there is not a character in this book who would not have wolfed down a big old cup of Costa coffee at any point in this novel. At the time I am writing […]

2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards
By March 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards

Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners for their 2013 book awards. Booklist reviews of the winning titles are included below where available. If you want to learn more about the awards (including the finalists in each category) or see some photos of the winning authors at the awards ceremony, visit NBCC’s blog. […]

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Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Cindy:  I was cheering loudly when Navigating Early (Delacorte 2013) won a Printz Honor this year. It’s always fun to be in the audience at the announcement of the awards, and it’s even more fun when favorite books are honored. If you haven’t read Navigating Early, you are in for a treat. Thom Barthelmess provides […]

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Fascinating! Origins of recording the oral tradition, lost & now found
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Fascinating! Origins of recording the oral tradition, lost & now found

“New Sounds, Old Voices“, written by Jacob Mikanowski in this week’s New Yorker, holds interest for recording techies and audiobook historians alike. Mikanowski follows the research path of Carl Haber, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and winner of the MacArthur genius grant for his work on sound restoration. Haber and his team have developed a technology which […]

“Beggars in Spain” by Nancy Kress
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“Beggars in Spain” by Nancy Kress

This month my book group discussed Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress and what a wonderful discussion we had! It is clear that Beggars in Spain will be a hard act to follow. Beggars in Spain started out as a novella that won Kress a Hugo and a Nebula. Kress decided to build upon her […]

2013 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners Announced
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2013 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners Announced

Once again the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners have been announced for 2013. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is dedicated to the memory and works of the great children’s book author and illustrator, and also continues to promote children’s books that “portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the […]

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Cindy: The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes short lists were announced today–check out that link for news on all of the categories. Bookends’ own Lynn Rutan served as the chair of the Young Adult Literature jury along with Jonathan Hunt and Rollie Welch. The five books on their short list are: Young Adult Literature Elizabeth […]

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Looking for the best in audiobooks? 2014 Audies finalists announced
By February 18, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Looking for the best in audiobooks? 2014 Audies finalists announced

Judged by the Audio Publishers Association: 29 categories, with 5 or 6 finalists in each – a terrific batch of titles to add to your listening list or promote in your library. There’s something for everyone, with recommendations from children’s audios to business titles, erotica to faith-based fiction. I’ve had the privilege to judge quite […]

American Library Association’s top audiobooks of 2013
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American Library Association’s top audiobooks of 2013

The best audios of 2013 for children, teens, and adults were announced at the ALA  Midwinter conference. The 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings list contains 30 titles recommended for listeners ages birth through age 14 – readalong book & CD sets, beginning readers, novels, nonfiction and a bit of music. You can see this ALSC committee’s larger […]

2014 ALA Youth Media Awards
By January 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 ALA Youth Media Awards

Eight a.m., Monday morning and ALA’s 2014 Youth Media Awards were being announced to an overflow crowd of enthralled librarians and book lovers in Philadelphia. And where was I? I was in Philadelphia, too—in my hotel room, watching the proceedings on a frequently failing feed, tweeting my fingers off, trying to keep @Booklist_Keir separate from […]