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Archive for July, 2009

Thu, July 30th, 2009
“I’d say ‘throw the book at that kid’ – but he would just read it.”
Posted by: Keir Graff

I hereby encourage The Daily Show and The Colbert Report to increase their coverage of publishing and library news, that I may have an excuse to watch them during the work day. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Nailed ‘Em – Library Crime

Wed, July 29th, 2009
2009 Man Booker Prize Longlist Released
Posted by: Courtney Jones

There are 13 contenders for 2009 Man Booker longlist: The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt Summertime, by J. M. Coetzee The Quickening Maze, by Adam Foulds How to Paint a Dead Man, by Sarah Hall The Wilderness, by Samantha Harvey Me Cheeta, by James Lever Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel The Glass Room, by Simon […]

Tue, July 28th, 2009
Books and Blogs ARE Made for Each Other
Posted by: Keir Graff

In case you were unable to attend the first-ever Booklist Online Forum, “Books and Blogs: Made for Each Other?” in Chicago this month, panelist Mary Burkey recorded the proceedings and very generously shared the audio with me. You can listen to it here. Librarian, blogger, and good guy Rick Roche also posted a wrapup on his blog, […]

Mon, July 27th, 2009
The Kraus Variations
Posted by: Keir Graff

Daniel Kraus, who usually patrols the video beat here on Likely Stories, was himself captured on video at ALA’s annual conference, at a reading he gave from his forthcoming novel, The Monster Variations. (He shot down my suggestion that I shoot video, then turned around and gave an exclusive to Greg Landgraf for AL Focus. He […]

Thu, July 23rd, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: The Evolution of Shadows
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The Evolution of Shadows Trailer from Unbridled Books on Vimeo. Book trailers: they’re everywhere. And while the jury is still out on whether they are a worthwhile marketing tool or waste of time and money (and bandwidth), there are a few notable success stories. Take Jeff Carlson’s trailer for Plague War (2008), for instance, which […]

Fri, July 17th, 2009
What I Haven’t Been Writing About
Posted by: Keir Graff

I have been swamped–SWAMPED–the past few weeks, editing newsletters, mining data, writing reviews, and preparing for and attending Annual Conference. I say that not to complain but to account for my near-absence from both the blogosphere and the twitterdome. This absence pains me, because the news has been full of my kind of blogfodder. As I am an […]

Fri, July 17th, 2009
She’s All That
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

You have to admire 23-year-old Lauren Conrad. TV star? Yes! Fashion designer? Yes! And now, a best-selling author of the YA novel, L.A. Candy. Despite her celebrity, Lauren faces the same pitfalls other writers do. As she noted in a recent interview (“‘Hills’ ex-star Conrad’s career is alive as writer,” by Alicia Rancilio, Chicago Sun-Times): […]

Fri, July 17th, 2009
Of “Death” and “Daggers”
Posted by: Courtney Jones

I was tipped off  about the Wild West History Association’s “Best Western of 2008″ winner, Death of a Gunfighter: The Quest for Jack Slade, the West’s Most Elusive Legend (2008), literally one hour after the announcement yesterday afternoon.  Author Dan Rottenberg was in attendance at the ceremony in San Antonio, where he received a plaque and an unspecified […]

Thu, July 16th, 2009
Harry Potter Film Review: More Magic, Less Snogging!
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Yesterday, Ilene and I ducked out of work at the end of the afternoon to catch a screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Our impressions were pretty mixed. Both of us agreed that this film is probably best left to die-hard fans. Here’s what Ilene had to say at the end: It’s all […]

Wed, July 15th, 2009
Collins and Matthewson win the Branford Boase
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Author B.R. Collins and editor Emma Matthewson received the 2009 Branford Bose Award for The Traitor Game. The honor is given to a debut YA author and their editor for nurturing and guiding the new author through the world of children’s publishing.

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