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Archive for April, 2009

Fri, April 17th, 2009
2009 Indies Choice Book Award Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The results are in for the 2009 Indies Choice Book Awards: Best Indie Buzz Book (Fiction) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (The Dial Press) Best Conversation Starter (Nonfiction) The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell (Riverhead) Best Author Discovery The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David […]


Thu, April 16th, 2009
Battle Royale
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Those blood-curdling shrieks you hear in the distance are the battle cries of School Library Journal‘s Battle of the Kids’ Books. SLJ has gathered a panel of celebrity referees to judge each round of duke-’em-outs between some of the big youth titles of 2008. A bit late, perhaps, but a fun idea nonetheless, and already […]


Thu, April 16th, 2009
His Party Hat Has Horns On It
Posted by: Keir Graff

Like a lot of people, I’ve been guided on my writing journey by Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. According to Geoffrey K. Pullum’s eye-opening expose in The Chronicle of Higher Education, however (“50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice“), I’ve been had. Describing “the overopinionated and underinformed” book’s authors as “a pair of idiosyncratic bumblers who […]


Wed, April 15th, 2009
First Dog Frenzy, Part II
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

An update on the newest White House resident, Bo the Portuguese Water Dog. Today Sleeping Bear Press released First Dog by J. Patrick Lewis and Beth Zappitello, illustrated by Tim Bowers, which stars a Portuguese Water Dog that travels the world looking for a home and, you guessed it, ends up on the steps of […]


Wed, April 15th, 2009
Bookends Needs Your Oxymoron Booklists
Posted by: Keir Graff

From Bookends: Cindy and Lynn: Recently on YALSA-BK listserv there was a request for suggestions from a librarian who wanted a list of “Clean Vampire” novels. Now, we appreciate the efforts to satiate the Stephenie Meyer Twilight fans and are working hard to do that ourselves, but really, clean vampire stories? It’s our feeling that […]


Wed, April 15th, 2009
Howe and Mlinko Win Ruth Lilly Prize
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Fanny Howe, author of five novels and many books of poetry (including Gone, reviewed by Donna Seaman), has been recognized by the Poetry Foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The Ruth Lilly Prize is $100,000. But the real story is that the critics get love, too. Ange Milinko, a poetry critic, earned $10,000 for her […]


Tue, April 14th, 2009
First Dog Frenzy
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

Last year I adopted two stray kittens that showed up in our yard. After having to clear the house of plants, knickknacks, and electrical cords, I started to feel like a bit of a sucker. But now I’m in good company with the news that the Obamas have entered pet-ownerdom with the adoption of Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog. […]


Tue, April 14th, 2009
Get Your Red-Hot Historical Fiction Here!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Sarah L. Johnson, Booklist reviewer, editor for the Historical Novels Review, and author of readers’ advisory books (Historical Fiction II: A Guide to the Genre, 2009), wrote to say, in effect, Historical novels not hot? Not! Which, you see, would be a double negative, meaning . . . meaning I’m getting a bit punchy, what with […]


Tue, April 14th, 2009
You Can’t Always Have the Cell Tower Blow Up
Posted by: Keir Graff

Disregard, for a moment, what web-enabled mobile devices (aka “cellphones”) are doing to the habit of reading. Matt Richtel (“If Only Literature Could Be a Cell-Phone Free Zone,” New York Times) asks us to consider what these ubiquitous gadgets are doing to reading material. Must we now hit “delete” on tension that simmers for hundreds […]


Tue, April 14th, 2009
Glad You Asked
Posted by: Keir Graff

Q: Can I follow you on Twitter even if I am not, as you are, a Twit? A: Yes! You can subscribe to the RSS feed–or simply point your web browser to http://twitter.com/Booklist_Keir from time to time. Thanks for asking! If you have any other questions, e-mail me and I’ll try to answer them. But I’m a […]





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