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2014 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced
By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Kirkus Prize, announced yesterday at a ceremony in Austin Texas. Fifty thousand dollars in prize money is annually bestowed on the three winners. Find our reviews of these winning titles, linked below. Fiction Euphoria, by Lily King   Nonfiction Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast   […]

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The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!
By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!

Look at that box! Don’t you want to know what’s in it? Aren’t you just dying for a peek? Well, we’ll never divulge the contents, but we can tell you it’s worth having—and, if you can use scissors, construction paper, and a glue stick, you have an excellent chance of having the Booklist Mystery Box delivered […]

Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction
By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Yeah, yeah, sure. It’s one thing for an author to scare you stiff with stuff that might happen, that could happen—when we know it probably won’t. This Halloween, let’s scare ourselves with skin-crawling reads that are terrifying precisely because THEY ARE TRUE. (This all started, by the way, with Booklist editorial assistant Sarah Grant, who had us all dancing […]

Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies
By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies

When a series of animated Superman shorts from the 1940s entered the public domain, artist and writer Brian Fies used one as a launching pad for this Eisner-nominated webcomic about the Inventor, an aged villain, and his protracted plan to wreak vengeance on his enemies. The original Superman cartoon forms the backstory—Superman and Lois Lane […]

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Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference
By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

The third annual Chicago Writers Conference will be held this weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Just kidding, it’s in Chicago. It’s a small and well-run event that stresses practical advice for aspiring authors—founder Mare Swallow is not a fan of empty platitudes or back-slapping from presenters. This year, attendees can look forward to hearing from authors such […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

How Many Words Is a Videopoem Worth?

(Get it? Wordsworth?) If a picture is worth a thousand words, then videos, at a minimum of 24 frames per second, should easily assume valuations rising to millions of words. And yet poetry is an art form typically marked by an extremely economical distribution of the laureate Sarah Palin called “verbiage.” The poet Richard Fox has released a […]

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Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig
By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig

If you frequent the “Inter-Net,” Chuck Wendig is one of those guys you come to be aware of, as one comes to be aware that he or she has allergies or an aversion to fish. Wendig, it turns out, cannot take a breath without having an opinion about it (was it a good breath? a […]

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The Peter Temple Project: An Iron Rose
By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Peter Temple Project: An Iron Rose

Last month, I announced my intention to read the entire backlist of the great Australian crime fiction author Peter Temple, writing retrospective reviews for the titles Booklist hadn’t already covered. (Many of his books weren’t available in the U.S. until Text Publishing, working with Consortium Distribution, made it happen last year.) After Bad Debts (1996), the […]

2014 National Book Award Finalists
By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Finalists

This morning, on NPR’s Morning Edition, the 2014 National Book Award finalists were announced. Mitchell Kaplan, a winner in 2011, discussed the books being honored. Titles, author bios, and a recording of the announcement can also be found at http://www.nationalbook.org. The finalists are listed below, with Booklist reviews linked when available.   Finalists for Fiction An […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels
By October 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on First Novels

The October 15 issue of Booklist magazine, which mailed yesterday, is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 284 new reviews and 7 feature articles. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t […]

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