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Book Cover Roundup: Sharpening Your Business Skulls
By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Cover Roundup: Sharpening Your Business Skulls

Despite our editors’ voracious appetite for the written word and passion for rock-solid reviews, some Booklist issue spotlights are just easier to craft than others. The July Spotlight on Business is notoriously tricky, not only because we receive fewer books about penny-pinching than we do zombie-slaying, but also because—let’s face it: we’re word people. Statistics? […]

Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins
By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions is, of course, known for its questioning, which is of a hostile bent, but something strange happened when I met up with Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. There I was, bitter beyond my years, when we […]

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge
By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge

It’s hard to believe that the first 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge was -> five -> long -> years -> ago. You know what I could have accomplished in five years? Why, I could have a strapping five-year-old child by now. Or two-and-a-half two-and-a-half-year-old children—is that how it works? Or five deformed fetuses floating in mason jars? Whatever—point is, I’ve spent every year since 2009 cramming […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

It’s been a while since our last Webcomics Wednesday post, and with the bold new look of our blog, we decided to make a bold new move and . . . do something we did a long time ago! But there’s never been a better time to pay attention to webcomics. More and more comics […]

Posted in: Comics, Likely Stories
2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists
By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

On September 4th, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation announced the finalists for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction. The award honors works of fiction and nonfiction that use literature to illustrate the myriad  and varied experiences of humanity. With these books, the reading experience becomes an exercise in empathy. The […]

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Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China
By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China

Last night, I was fortunate to find myself at the Goodman Theatre for a “friends and family” preview of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play, The World of Extreme Happiness. It’s a fairly brutal, sometimes funny play about a young woman, Sunny, who has left the countryside for city life and a demeaning job at Jade River, a factory that is […]

Let’s Hear It for the Girls!
By September 19, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Let’s Hear It for the Girls!

Booklist‘s Top 10 Sports Books for Youth from our September 1 issue has raised some ire in the blogosphere—and for good reason. Though the list features women authors, the eight fiction titles on the list feature male protagonists, and that’s neither reflective of reality nor particularly inspiring to young readers. As good librarians and readers should, they noticed and […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction
By September 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction

This morning, the National Book Award foundation announced the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. The list is an interesting mix of novels and short story collections mostly authored by highly recognized veteran authors, but two impressive newcomers, Molly Antopol and Phil Klay, are included as well. The shortlist will be revealed […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction
By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction. While graphic novels have been finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, this marks the first time a graphic novel (Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant) has reached the top ten in adult fiction or nonfiction. Finalists will […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Poetry
By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Poetry

On September 16th the Longlist for the National Book Foundation’s book award for Poetry was announced. The list consists of ten critically acclaimed American poets whose work was chosen out of the 219 books submitted for consideration. Each poet has been recognized with several prestigious poetry awards in the past. The finalists for the award will […]

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