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Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!
By October 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!

We have a winner of this year’s #CostumesforBooks! Congratulations to Austin Almanza of Harbor Lights Middle School in Holland, MI for “A Clockwork Clown.” Austin, you’ll receive the Booklist Mystery Box on your doorstop next week (then you can tell us what’s in it)! Judge Dan Kraus had this to say about Austin’s entry: “A […]

May the Best Costume Win!
By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

May the Best Costume Win!

We’ve received a stunning variety of submissions for our Halloween #Costumesforbooks competition thus far—from library assistants to candy-hungry-middle schoolers. There’s still time to submit your costume. Post your picture to Booklist‘s facebook page, or tweet using the hashtag #costumesforbooks by noon on Friday, October 31st for a chance to win the Booklist Mystery Box. Author and […]

The Questions Authors Hate to Answer
By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Questions Authors Hate to Answer

I had a great time moderating two panels, “Ask the Publishers” and “Writing for the Younger Crowd,” last weekend at the Chicago Writers Conference. Preparing for the latter, I asked authors Allan Woodrow and Erica O’Rourke which questions they hate answering. Between them, they offered three—in a moment of perversity, I considered then asking them THOSE […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on the Arts
By October 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on the Arts

The November 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 267 new reviews and 6 new 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 registered for […]

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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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