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Archive for May, 2009

Wed, May 13th, 2009
The Kids are Alright
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Happy Children’s Book Week! In honor of the occasion, the Children’s Book Council announced the winners of the Children’s Choice Book Awards after 220,000 online ballots from kids (and, er, some adults) across the country were counted. And winners are: Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! written and illustrated by Mo […]


Wed, May 13th, 2009
Book Reviewing after the Apocalypse
Posted by: Keir Graff

Given the amount of time I’ve spent reading, reviewing, and having nightmares about post-apocalyptic fiction, I suppose this may have been inevitable: my short story, “The Read,” appears in the May 15 issue of Booklist as part of our Spotlight on SF/Fantasy. Is post-apocalyptic fiction a suitable subject for satire? Read The Read and let me know.


Tue, May 12th, 2009
From Pulp Fiction to Pop Art
Posted by: Keir Graff

Even though I cringe a little bit each time a book goes under the knife, I love book art. And Thomas Allen has made some of the best I’ve seen.


Fri, May 8th, 2009
Early Adolescence
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

In her health blog for The New York Times this week, Tara Parker-Pope discussed adolescence’s earlier onset in European girls. This echoes a much-reported trend in America, where eight is now considered a “normal” age for the first signs of puberty to show up in girls. All of this raises questions about the best books to give […]


Fri, May 8th, 2009
Nerdalert Friday
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Not content to be simply Likely Stories’ resident comics guy, I’ll also assume the helm of all things worthy of conventions, standing in long lines at conventions, and dressing up in costumes while standing in long lines at conventions. So, it falls to me to hyperventilate about tonight release of the new Star Trek film. Except, […]


Wed, May 6th, 2009
We Read Everything
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve often written about what we do at Booklist and how we do it, about our recommend-only policy, the staggering volume of books we review, and the people we’re reviewing for–but, until now, I never had a visual aid. Fortunately, Books for Youth Associate Editor Daniel Kraus, who in his spare time writes novels and makes documentary […]


Tue, May 5th, 2009
An Old-School Look for the Books of the Future
Posted by: Keir Graff

Book-cover enthusiasts should stop by The Art of Penguin Science Fiction, where they’ll find an arresting mosaic of Penguin sf book covers; click on a thumbnail image and you’ll be taken to a detail page with a larger image and an interesting note about the cover or the author or, perhaps, the difficulty of defining […]


Tue, May 5th, 2009
Green webiness
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Reading Edward Humes’ Eco Barons delivered many revelations, and many more discoveries ensued when I had the pleasure of speaking with Humes for our Story behind the Story. Humes continues his green inquiry on his Eco Barons blog, and I’m still mulling it all over.  One bit of information that didn’t make it into either the review or […]


Mon, May 4th, 2009
Adult at heart
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Booklist ran a starred review of Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Sag Harbor with a Young Adult recommendation, back in February. Yesterday, an up-close photograph of Mr. Whitehead facing a positive review of his book appeared on the cover of  the New York Times Book Review (the only free-standing newspaper book review left in the country), making him and his […]


Fri, May 1st, 2009
Edgars and Arthur C. Clarke Award Winners Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Winners were  announced for the 2009 Edgars. Among them, Booklist alum John Green received an award for Best YA novel.  The others big winners are: Best Novel Blue Heaven, by C.J. Box Best First Novel   The Foreigner, by Francie Lin Best Paperback Original China Lake, by Meg Gardiner Best Fact Crime American Lightning: Terror, Mystery and the Birth of […]





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