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Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later

Still Reading after All These Years: 27,806 Books Later

In a recent issue of Booklist, Joyce Saricks wrote about the value of keeping a list of everything we read. For those of us who have been reviewing for Booklist for many years, the magazine (and, more recently, the digital archive behind it) functions as our list. I was thinking about all the books I’ve […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Podcasts are hot right now (SERIAL, amirite?), and one of the best library-themed podcasts is Steve Thomas’s Circulating Ideas. This podcast features interviews with librarians, talking about the cool, innovative work they are doing to keep the profession relevant for the twenty-first century. On a regular basis, Steve interviews everyday librarians from across the spectrum—academic, public, systems and […]

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Hostile Questions: Carrie Mesrobian

Hostile Questions: Carrie Mesrobian

You might know Carrie Mesrobian from her Morris Award-nominated debut, Sex & Violence, or her (ahem) non-Morris-Award-nominated follow-up, Perfectly Good White Boy. Or you might know her because you have a Google Alert for the word “sex” (I take it you have a lot of free time?) and Mesrobian does tend to talk about sex […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
LibraryReads: Favorite of Favorites 2014

LibraryReads: Favorite of Favorites 2014

The first LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites” list is here! Librarians voted for their top titles from the 140 honored since LibraryReads’ began in September 2013. Check out the top ten below, listed in order of votes received and linked to Booklist reviews. Click here to learn more about LibraryReads, and here to add your voice to the conversation. The Storied Life […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Time-Management Tips for Book-Group Discussion Leaders

Time-Management Tips for Book-Group Discussion Leaders

I’ve been involved with book groups since 1999. Some of them have been connected to bookstores or libraries, while others have been individuals meeting in one another’s homes. I’ve started a few from the ground up and taken over others when the previous leader decided the responsibility was too much. Being a discussion leader takes up a […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: America–Farm to Table

Book Trailer Thursday: America–Farm to Table

There’s a reason tomatoes don’t feature prominently in a traditional Thanksgiving spread. This time of year, supermarket-goers are subjected to some pretty sad, pinkish, crunchy-yet-also-spongy excuses for the vegetable (or fruit? The debate lingers). With tomato-growing season over and summer certainly stifled in Chicago—we’ve warmed up to the mid-twenties, if you don’t account for the […]

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