Likely Stories

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 […]

Posted in: Comics, Likely Stories, YA
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 […]