Writers and Writing

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 0 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 […]

The Hugo Awards Winners and Nominations
By August 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Hugo Awards Winners and Nominations

The winners of the Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, were announced yesterday, in London. See the nominations and winners below, with booklist reviews linked when available. If you’re wondering why there aren’t many links, most of the nominees are shorter works originally published in periodicals and thus ineligible for Booklist review.   Best Novel […]

In the Audiobook Studio with Jon Scieszka

Former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka gives an insider’s look at the audiobook recording process in this sneak peek video captured while the author narrated Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. Scieszka is a huge audiobook fan – his “Guys Read” website created by Listening Library has tons of ideas for parents & teachers […]

Kirby Heyborne rocks the Odyssey Awards – again!

Kirby Heyborne rocks the Odyssey Awards – again!

Watch the amazing video of his rap “Ain’t Nobody Change the World Like a Librarian.” It was a librarian love fest  at the 2014 Odyssey Award celebration on June 30th at ALA’s Las Vegas conference, as Heyborne topped his previous original composition performed at the 2012 Odyssey celebration. The crowd sported Team Scowler masks as narrator Kirby Heyborne, author Daniel Kraus, […]

Pictures from an Investigation: The Images That Inspired My Book, "Black Current"

Pictures from an Investigation: The Images That Inspired My Book, "Black Current"

Karen Keskinen’s Black Current, the second mystery to feature private investigator Jaymie Zarlin, opens with an arresting scene: Zarlin sees the lifeless body of a teenager, wrapped in the tentacles of the deadly jellyfish he was feeding at the Santa Barbara Aquarium. In this blog post, Keskinen discusses the images that informed the creation of […]

Hostile Questions: Marcus Sedgwick

Hostile Questions: Marcus Sedgwick

It’s just a couple weeks before Marcus Sedgwick accepts the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. It’s a pretty sweet deal: your books get these neat foil dealies and you get to take home a glass — well, I don’t know what to call it. It’s a thing. A glass thing. […]

Libba Bray: the truth about audiobook narration

Libba Bray: the truth about audiobook narration

Hilarious MC of the Audies Awards, winning the Printz & Audie, and now #audiomonth documentary filmmaker. Is there anything Libba Bray can’t do? The divine Ms. Bray rocked the house as she hosted the Audio Publishing Association‘s annual Gala event last week, where the 2014 Audie Awards were announced. The audience of narrators, producers, directors, […]

Freebie Friday Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal

Freebie Friday Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal

Just announced – the Audio Publishers Association‘s most prestigious award, and I have the CD edition to give away! Just leave a comment below sharing some of your favorite audio titles, and I’ll randomly choose a winner next Friday, courtesy of Macmillan Audio.  I guarantee that the 2014 Audiobook of the Year, Billy Crystal’s memoir Still Foolin’ ‘Em, […]

A tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

A tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

As news of Maya Angelou’s passing quickly spread, we find ourselves contemplating her tremendous accomplishments and universal resonance. The list of awards bestowed upon poet, writer, performer, professor, and activist Maya Angelou in recognition of her groundbreaking work and commanding persona is long and distinguished. Angelou received The National Medal of Freedom from President Obama […]