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Archive for June, 2008

Wed, June 25th, 2008
What We’ll Do at Our Summer Conference
Posted by: Keir Graff

Booklist editors will be busy, busy, busy this weekend. If you’re going to ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, here’s where you’ll find us. Or drop by and see us at booth 2340. Friday, June 27, 8-10 p.m. Booklist Books for Youth Program: Presenting the Odyssey Award Hilton Anaheim California, Pavilion A This year’s Books for […]


Wed, June 25th, 2008
Checking for Macavities
Posted by: Keir Graff

The nominees for the 2008 Macavity Awards have been announced. The winners will be revealed at Bouchercon in October. I sure wouldn’t want to handicap Best First Mystery–some tough compeition there. Best Mystery Novel Soul Patch, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House) The Unquiet, by John Connolly (Atria) Blood of Paradise, by David Corbett (Ballantine) Water Like a […]


Tue, June 24th, 2008
No Frey at ALA
Posted by: Keir Graff

News flash: James Frey has canceled his appearance at ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim. He was to have appeared (with American Libraries‘ Leonard Kniffel) from 1:30-2:30 on Sunday, June 29. Fortunately, I can offer an alternative: the Booklist Adult Books Readers’ Advisory Forum: Post-9/11 Fiction, from 1:30–3:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 304 A/B. I’ll be speaking […]


Tue, June 24th, 2008
Why stop there? Why not have the computers read the books they recommend for us?
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve been meaning to take a look at BookLamp for awhile, a site that describes itself as being like Pandora for books. Where LibraryThing helps readers find books based on similarity of taste, BookLamp takes a more technical approach, scanning the books and, well, here it is in their words: So the first thing that we did […]


Mon, June 23rd, 2008
Warming Global?
Posted by: Keir Graff

In New York (“A Warming Trend“), Christopher Bonanos noticed a sweet new book-jacket trend:                         I love this stuff, although I usually find out about it second-hand: most of the books that I review have plain paper covers. Seen a good trend lately? Let […]


Fri, June 20th, 2008
To Thine Own Self Be True
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Galleycat, Ron Hogan expresses his surprise that the Wall Street Journal‘s Jeffrey Trachtenberg (“Amazon Shows Its Clout“) didn’t mention an important detail about David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle–that it happens to be to Hamlet what Jane Smiley‘s A Thousand Acres was to King Lear. Good point, and one worth mentioning. Furthermore, Trachtenberg didn’t mention […]


Fri, June 20th, 2008
The Book-a-Decade Treadmill
Posted by: Keir Graff

There’s been a bit of discussion lately about writers whose publishers pressure them to write a new book each and every year (“Top writers feel heat from publishers’ presses,” by David Mehegan, Boston Globe). And, no doubt about it, the author-as-brand-name is a growing trend. In some instances, it feels like we’re seeing a new book each […]


Wed, June 18th, 2008
Where does she think writers get their ideas?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Reporting the latest developments in the 2004 plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea, Lydia Polgreen writes that the details are “too outlandish even for Graham Greene” and that “fact has proved as strange as fiction, if not stranger.” The events “loosely mirror the plot of Frederick Forsyth’s 1974 book, ‘The Dogs of War’,” […]


Wed, June 18th, 2008
From Darkness to Light
Posted by: Keir Graff

How this book cover: . . . . turned into this one:   From Publishers Weekly (“Little, Brown’s After the Fire Jacket, Before and After,” by Lynn Andriani): Editor Geoff Shandler explained: “We had a good response to the type jacket, but there was thought that was it too abstract in some way. When the […]


Mon, June 16th, 2008
SF to General Fiction: Get with the Program
Posted by: Keir Graff

Trying to catch up on my reading. In an examination of David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague and Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends, Michael Saler declares that the War between the States (of fiction, that is, literary and genrefied), is over. Almost over. Well, the end is in sight. (“The rise of fan fiction and comic book culture,” […]





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