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Let’s Hear It for the Girls!
By September 19, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Let’s Hear It for the Girls!

Booklist‘s Top 10 Sports Books for Youth from our September 1 issue has raised some ire in the blogosphere—and for good reason. Though the list features women authors, the eight fiction titles on the list feature male protagonists, and that’s neither reflective of reality nor particularly inspiring to young readers. As good librarians and readers should, they noticed and […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction
By September 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction

This morning, the National Book Award foundation announced the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. The list is an interesting mix of novels and short story collections mostly authored by highly recognized veteran authors, but two impressive newcomers, Molly Antopol and Phil Klay, are included as well. The shortlist will be revealed […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction
By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction. While graphic novels have been finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, this marks the first time a graphic novel (Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant) has reached the top ten in adult fiction or nonfiction. Finalists will […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Poetry
By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Poetry

On September 16th the Longlist for the National Book Foundation’s book award for Poetry was announced. The list consists of ten critically acclaimed American poets whose work was chosen out of the 219 books submitted for consideration. Each poet has been recognized with several prestigious poetry awards in the past. The finalists for the award will […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature
By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

On September 15th, the National Book Foundation released the longlist for their National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Many of the longlisted authors are seasoned writers of young people’s fiction, while others have only a few titles under their belt. However, each one has made an impact in the field with their notable work. […]

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October 2014 LibraryReads
By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

October 2014 LibraryReads

October LibraryReads are here! Here are the ten books, all publishing in the month of October, with top votes from participating librarians. Check out all ten October titles below, including this month’s favorite, Garth Stein’s A Sudden Light, linked to Booklist reviews when available. Click here to learn more about LibraryReads, and here to add your voice to the conversation. A Sudden Light, by […]

The Blurb is the Word: Uses (and Misuses) of the Book Blurb
By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Blurb is the Word: Uses (and Misuses) of the Book Blurb

Two weeks ago, I happened across a Twitter conversation sparked by Michael Bourret, a literary agent at Dystel & Goderich. “We need to talk about the blurb game,” he wrote. “Are we doing a service to anyone, the blurber or the blurbee?” I know a cry of exasperation when I hear one, so I invited three voices in […]

The Peter Temple Project: Must-Read Australian Crime Fiction
By September 11, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

The Peter Temple Project: Must-Read Australian Crime Fiction

At Booklist, we review almost entirely new and forthcoming titles, a challenge for those of use who tend to get distracted in used bookstores. Fortunately, sometimes there are opportunities to bring good, old books to a brand-new audience. I first discovered Peter Temple when I was asked to review The Broken Shore (2005), a magnificent novel that made me […]

Coming Soon: The Booklist Reader
By August 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Coming Soon: The Booklist Reader

It’s going to be pretty quiet here at Likely Stories for the next couple of weeks—but that’s because big changes are in the works. After 8 long years and nearly 2,200 posts (over half of them written by yours truly), the blog is about to undergo major surgery. Actually, ALL of the Booklist blogs—Likely Stories, […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Earth Space Moon Base

If you, or a reader you know, are in the mood for a scary/silly outer-space treat, look no further than today’s BTT for picture-book debut Earth Space Moon Base (Random). The bleepy-boingy soundtrack and effects are sure to cause giggles in children of all ages.

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