Writers and Writing

Just for Fun

Just for Fun

Pick the audiobook narrator who’ll portray Tobias in Veronica Roth’s Allegiant – an Animorph inspiration! HarperAudio has a cool crowd-sourced contest where listeners hear audition sound clips from four actors, and then choose the voice of Tobias on the Allegiance audio. Roth announced last week at ComicCom that the last book in the series is told from two points […]

Pseudonymous

Pseudonymous

When I reviewed J. K Rowling’s book, The Casual Vacancy, in September, 2012 for Booklist Online, I noted Rowling said she’d considered publishing the book under a pseudonym. Had she done so, I wrote,  “Rowling probably would have learned what it’s like to be a midlist author—unpublicized, unnoticed, and unhappy.” As everyone knows by now, Rowling did publish a detective […]

ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni

ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni

A young woman leaves Calcutta to attend college in Chicago. She will live with an aunt and uncle she hasn’t seen since she was eight. Her expectations run high; she is shocked by how difficult their lives are. Yet when she steps out on the narrow balcony outside their humble apartment, she sees, “The skyscrapers […]

Hostile Questions: Kami Garcia

Hostile Questions: Kami Garcia

Perhaps you don’t live in one of the 50 countries where the books were published, or perhaps you don’t speak one of the 39 languages in which they were translated, so Imma gonna help you out: Kami Garcia is one half of the writing team that brought you the world-devouring Beautiful Creatures series. Apparently unfazed […]

#JIAM MORE Audio at ALA

#JIAM MORE Audio at ALA

Audiobook narrators take the stage at the American Library Association Chicago conference this weekend. The Pop Top Stage in the McCormick Place Exhibit Hall will feature all things audio on Saturday, June 29, thanks to the support of the Audio Publishers Association during June is Audiobook Month. Here’s the line up, in day two of my […]

Hostile Questions: Caitlin Kittredge

Hostile Questions: Caitlin Kittredge

The information superhighway would have us believe that Caitlin Kittredge has published 16 fantasy novels since 2008, including the recent Iron Codex series, which puts the “steam” in “steampunk.” (Boom! Book Reviewing Award, please.) But I’m sorry, 16 novels in five years? That dog don’t hunt. So I launched the latest in my series of […]

Can't-Miss Events at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

Can't-Miss Events at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

With the overwhelming array of events scheduled for ALA’s upcoming annual conference in Chicago, we wouldn’t blame you if you just couldn’t decide where to begin. Need some suggestions? How about taking in a few of the events where Booklist editors serve as judges, moderators, interviewers, or organizers? From award ceremonies to in-booth chats, we’ve never […]

#JIAM Free audiobook webinar TOMORROW

#JIAM Free audiobook webinar TOMORROW

Learn what’s new in summer & fall audio releases. Sign up TODAY for the FREE hour-long webinar on Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00pm Eastern time. Can’t listen to the live session? Sign up and you’ll receive an emailed link to the archived webinar. Click here to register. Celebrate June is Audiobook Month with Booklist and […]

#JIAM John Green fans

#JIAM John Green fans

DFTBA – order author Green reading The Fault in Our Stars, a limited-edition audiobook only available through Green’s website. There’s great additional content for fans who love the book, as well as teachers who include The Fault in Our Stars in literature classes. And for audiobook aficionados, it would be cool to contrast the author-read production with the […]

Hostile Questions: Barry Lyga

Hostile Questions: Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga has you hoodwinked, America! He lulled you into thinking he was pretty stand-up guy, what with The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Boy Toy, and the Archvillain series. Heck, you were half-ready to invite him over for drinks and Twister. But don’t click “send” on that Evite! Hear me out! It […]