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Archive for March, 2009

Fri, March 13th, 2009
More than Just a Sandwich
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to have more heroes in my world. Between money-grubbing CEOs, ruthless dictators, and my son’s dentist (no offense, Dr. Nancy, but visiting your office is no picnic), there are a lot of people out there who are just plain bringing me down. I guess I’m not the […]


Fri, March 13th, 2009
Quickly: Great Bookstore, Villainous Bookmen, and Bad Timing
Posted by: Keir Graff

A few recent news stories that have stuck in my head . . . . At a time when independent bookstores seem like an endangered species–when even the chains that have displaced them are closing branches (see Bill Ott’s Back Page)–it’s comforting to read about an old-fashioned bookshop that is still thriving. In the Guardian, Jeanette Winterson […]


Thu, March 12th, 2009
Chercover wins Dilys Award
Posted by: Courtney Jones

This has to be the gnarliest looking trophy out there. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association handed over said award to Sean Chercover for Trigger City. Even though he couldn’t be at the ceremony in Honolulu, he said the following about his win: “To know that you enjoyed selling Trigger City is an incredible honor… I am completely floored by […]


Wed, March 11th, 2009
Story and Golden Kite Winners Named
Posted by: Courtney Jones

In other not-so-late-breaking news, a winner for the Story prize has been chosen. Tobias Wolf took home $20,000 for Our Story Begins. Runners-up Jhumpa Lahiri (Unaccustomed Earth) and Joe Meno (Demons in the Spring), earned cash prizes of $5,000 each. Even longer ago, the Society of Children’s Book & Illustrators named the Golden Kite winners : Fiction Down Sand […]


Wed, March 11th, 2009
Obama to Vampires: The ‘Galaxy’ is Mine
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Guardian announced the Galaxy British Book Awards shortlist under the fantastic headline (which I’ve plagiarized from Keir who stole it from the Guardian) Obama battles vampires for Galaxy Prize. The shortlist pits The Audacity of Hope against Stephanie Meyer’s final installment in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn. I think the studio execs should just go ahead […]


Wed, March 11th, 2009
Bad Girls Go beyond Control in Uniform
Posted by: Keir Graff

The reviews and features of the March 15, 2009 issue of Booklist went live on Booklist Online this morning. While the big story is ALA’s Notable and “best” lists, all linked to Booklist reviews, three new reviews caught my eye. Maybe we should have called this issue Spotlight on Sexually Empowered Women. Bad Girls Go Everywhere: […]


Thu, March 5th, 2009
World, Meet Comics, Me
Posted by: Ian Chipman

So graphic novels (er, comics) (er, graphic novels) (er—and this is my favorite—il-literature [illustrated literature, get it?]) (er, whatever) officially became legit today with this announcement from the New York Times (Introducing the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller Lists, by George Gene Gustines): Comics have finally joined the mainstream . . . today The […]


Thu, March 5th, 2009
The New York Times: It Giveth and It Taketh Away
Posted by: Keir Graff

Some authors of Holocaust, recovery, and gang-life memoirs have taken heat lately for failing to get the facts right. But, just as baseball proves again and again its ability to take the nation’s mind off weighty matters, now a baseball memoir emerges to steal the spotlight from titles such as Angel at the Fence, My Friend Leonard, and Love and […]


Thu, March 5th, 2009
Copyediting Is His Business
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mary Frances Wilkens sent me a link to John E. McIntyre’s “Grammarnoir,” from his blog You Don’t Say, writing, “Reminds me of something I once read about a book reviewer and his curmudgeonly boss . . . ” She’s referring, of course, to “Reading Is My Business,” from last year’s Mystery Showcase. “Grammarnoir” is very funny, […]


Thu, March 5th, 2009
On Sisterhood, Traveling, and Pants
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Booklist‘s Gillian Engberg had a sit-down with Ann Brashares of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fame, and I’m sure glad she did. For anyone who doubts the amount of serious work that goes into creating such blockbusters, dig Brashares as she discusses the influences of Trollope, Hardy, and Faulkner. Maybe it’s all the practice […]





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