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Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!

Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!

We have a winner of this year’s #CostumesforBooks! Congratulations to Austin Almanza of Harbor Lights Middle School in Holland, MI for “A Clockwork Clown.” Austin, you’ll receive the Booklist Mystery Box on your doorstop next week (then you can tell us what’s in it)! Judge Dan Kraus had this to say about Austin’s entry: “A […]

By October 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
More Funny Ladies Like Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!

More Funny Ladies Like Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!

Smart Girl champion Amy Poehler’s candid, funny memoir Yes, Please came out to rave reviews this week. Use the buzz to talk up some other funny ladies making the switch from screen to stacks. Bossypants, by Tina Fey Girl Walks into a Bar…: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch Happy Accidents, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China

Book Trailer Thursday: Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China

“In the late 90s, I moved to Beijing,” begins Val Wang’s narration of the trailer for Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China (Gotham). Wang goes on to share images, video, thoughts, and the secret artistic wishes that framed her experience there, throwing in some sweet mom-versations for good measure. Reviewer Kristine Huntley […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
May the Best Costume Win!

May the Best Costume Win!

We’ve received a stunning variety of submissions for our Halloween #Costumesforbooks competition thus far—from library assistants to candy-hungry-middle schoolers. There’s still time to submit your costume. Post your picture to Booklist‘s facebook page, or tweet using the hashtag #costumesforbooks by noon on Friday, October 31st for a chance to win the Booklist Mystery Box. Author and […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Questions Authors Hate to Answer

The Questions Authors Hate to Answer

I had a great time moderating two panels, “Ask the Publishers” and “Writing for the Younger Crowd,” last weekend at the Chicago Writers Conference. Preparing for the latter, I asked authors Allan Woodrow and Erica O’Rourke which questions they hate answering. Between them, they offered three—in a moment of perversity, I considered then asking them THOSE […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Audiobook News You Can Use: Free Stephen Colbert and Much More!

Audiobook News You Can Use: Free Stephen Colbert and Much More!

Hear Stephen Colbert read “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury for free thanks to this post on the i09 website, which includes the Colbert segment from Symphony Space’s A Touch of Magic Selected Shorts (NPR, 2010). Plus a link to even more Bradbury freebies! “The Grownup Pleasure of Bedtime Stories: Audiobooks Will Read Adults to Sleep,” […]

By October 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →