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Book Trailer Thursday: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Book Trailer Thursday: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Meet Zakir; he loves books. He’s also five years old, and maybe likes penguins. His interview style is…refreshingly offbeat. That’s pretty much all I know about him, though I’d certainly like to learn more. Here he is talking to author Mira Jacob about her debut novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random).

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2014 Man Booker Longlist

2014 Man Booker Longlist

The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist, announced Wednesday, notably includes five Americans (if you count Irish/American Joseph O’Neill). Thanks to a recent rule change, this is the first time in 46 years that the prestigious fiction award has included writers from outside the U.K. and British Commonwealth. A shortlist of six contenders for the 50,000-pound ($85,000) prize will be […]

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Hostile Questions: Matt de la Pena

Hostile Questions: Matt de la Pena

While perusing Matt de la Peña‘s bio (I investigate all my interviewees to learn their weak spots), I discovered that he went to college on a full basketball scholarship. Well, whoopty-doo! Allow me to phrase this in a way that Mr. de la Peña will understand. He may think he’s burst off the baseline of […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Travels with Casey

Book Trailer Thursday: Travels with Casey

Have you ever wondered, What is it about Americans and their dogs? Well, so did Benoit Denizet-Lewis–and he wrote a book about it. Out next week, Travels with Casey (Simon & Schuster) follows Denizet-Lewis and his dog on a four-month, cross-country journey to explore the close relationship between humans and dogs (and work on their […]

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2014 ITW Thriller Awards

2014 ITW Thriller Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the International Thriller Writers (ITW) have revealed the winners of their 2014 Thriller Awards. Last week, ITW concluded ThrillerFest IX in the city of mystery, crime, and suspense—New York—with the unveiling of the 2014 winners. Thrillmaster Award Scott Turow is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Magician’s Land

More than a few special guests from the book world showed up for today’s trailer, and with good reason.

August 2014 LibraryReads

August 2014 LibraryReads

The votes are in, ladies and gents! LibraryReads has posted the latest list of books librarians loved reading and couldn’t wait to share. One Kick, by Chelsea Cain, has been voted the favorite among books published in the month of August. The full top ten follows, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Our take on some […]

Marrying Mr. Darcy: Will Janeites' Wishes Come True?

Marrying Mr. Darcy: Will Janeites' Wishes Come True?

But We Do Wish for Cards On a summer afternoon not too long ago, a party of five ladies from The Jane Austen Society of North America’s Greater Chicago Region, some in bonnets, gathered to play a game of cards. No, it wasn’t whist, loo, vignt-et-un, or any of the other card games popular during Austen’s […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Magician's Land

Book Trailer Thursday: The Magician's Land

More than a few special guests from the book world showed up for today’s trailer, and with good reason. The Magician’s Land (Viking), the final volume of Lev Grossman’s Magicians Trilogy, proves the importance of magic and books, Michael Cart writes in his starred, high-demand review. (Former Booklister Ian Chipman was on to something, back […]

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Revisiting Wainscott: Twenty-One Years of Tor Seidler's The Wainscott Weasel

Revisiting Wainscott: Twenty-One Years of Tor Seidler's The Wainscott Weasel

The Wainscott Weasel, by Tor Seidler, originally published in 1993 and newly reissued by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum imprint, is one of those rare stories that remains as unequivocally magical now as it felt when I first heard it at the ripe old age of four. Stuffed full of whimsy, attitude, and sparkling inventiveness, this fairy tale about […]

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