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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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Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags
By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags

Box cutters have been on my mind lately. First of all, I’m reading Near Enemy, Adam Sternbergh’s fine follow-up to his superb debut, Shovel Ready, in which series antihero Spademan is a killer for hire. His weapon of choice: a box cutter. More conventional weapons are in short supply in Spademan’s world—a postapocalyptic New York […]

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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 5 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 […]

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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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