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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
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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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Still Ready for Some Football? N.F.L. Hits Just Keep on Coming
By October 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Still Ready for Some Football? N.F.L. Hits Just Keep on Coming

It’s hard to imagine Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, published in September, could have been timed any more appropriately. The Ray Rice saga may have grabbed the most headlines, but with each new arrest of an NFL player, with each new revelation of domestic violence, child abuse, drunk driving, drug use, gun violations, trespassing, […]

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November 2014 LibraryReads
By October 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

November 2014 LibraryReads

We’re nearing mid-month, which means next month’s LibraryReads are here! These are the ten books publishing in November that participating librarians voted their favorites, with Us, by David Nicholls, earning most fans. Check out all ten titles below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Find our take on a few more, like Mortal Heart and Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, in forthcoming […]

Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

This installment of Webcomics Wednesday features Melanie Gilman’s Eisner-nominated As the Crow Flies, a colored-pencil-only comic, now at more than 200 pages and still going strong. (Gillman uses up one and a third pencils per page. That’s a lot of pencils!) At the heart of this story is Charlie, the lone black teen at a Christian […]

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Giving Book Reviewers Their Due: RUSA Seeks Nominees for Louis Shores Award
By October 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Giving Book Reviewers Their Due: RUSA Seeks Nominees for Louis Shores Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominees for the Louis Shores Award, which recognizes an individual reviewer, editor, group, or review medium for excellence in book reviewing. The press release, with information about submitting nominees, follows. Recognize Excellence in Reviewing with RUSA’s Louis Shores Award Library collections depend […]

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Don’t Make Us Spell It Out For You: Books with Single-Letter Titles
By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Don’t Make Us Spell It Out For You: Books with Single-Letter Titles

It’s hard to gauge the effect of a single-letter book title on potential readers. Excitement, perhaps, because of the author’s boldness? Curiosity, maybe, because of the title’s minimalism? The imminent publication of Howard Jacobson’s J (yesterday’s Review of the Day on Booklist Online) had me wondering whether I could assemble an abecedary of the world’s briefest […]

2014 Kirkus Prize Nominees

2014 Kirkus Prize Nominees

The finalists were announced yesterday for the first annual Kirkus Prize. The prize will be awarded for fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature; six authors were longlisted in each category. The winners will be announced on October 23rd in Austin, Texas. The nominees are listed below, linked to Booklist reviews when available.   Fiction All Our Names, […]

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The Latest Booklist: Food, Finance, and More
By October 1, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

The Latest Booklist: Food, Finance, and More

The October 1 issue of Booklist magazine, which mailed yesterday, is now live on Booklist Online! Subscribers can log on to access 348 reviews, and, for the next two weeks, the featured articles are free to all. If you’re a print subscriber but don’t yet have a login, register for online access today. (And if you haven’t subscribed, what […]

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