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Archive for October, 2009

Fri, October 30th, 2009
Weeklings: Loss Leaders, Unpaid and Unhappy Book Reviewers, and the Power Trio of the Future
Posted by: Keir Graff

Nook, vook, blook, p-book, wovel, poegel . . . am I forgetting anything? Some in the publishing industry say that, thanks to e-readers such as the Kindle, people are reading more books (“E-Book Fans Keep Format in Spotlight,” by Brad Stone, New York Times). Who, exactly, says this? Well, the manufacturers of the Kindle, but […]


Fri, October 30th, 2009
Let’s Get Romantic
Posted by: Donna Seaman

I have a confession to make. I was among the many who thought romance novels were silly. Formulaic, pure fluff. Damsels in distress. Ladies in long dresses and painful bodices. Men in puffy shirts. Then I became Booklist‘s romance editor. I scrutinized the wonderfully varied array of romance novels that arrived in the mail. I attended a Romance Writers of America […]


Wed, October 28th, 2009
Web(kinda)comics Wednesday
Posted by: Ian Chipman

A coupla-three week ago I wrote about using my brand-new iPhonish-like device to read comics. Well friends, it’s become a verifiable obsession, and it seems like every day there’s a new reader app or comic designed specifically for mobile devices. Of the applications, comiXology seems to have the frontrunner, offering comics from some pretty reliable indie […]


Wed, October 28th, 2009
Macavity Award Winners Named
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Five books were named Macavity Award winners by the Mystery Readers International organization:  Best Mystery Novel Where Memories Lie, by Deborah Crombie Best First Mystery The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson Best Nonfiction/Critical African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study, by Frankie Y. Bailey Best Mystery Short Story “The Night […]


Tue, October 27th, 2009
Where the Wild Things Are, pt. 2
Posted by: Courtney Jones

When the opportunity arose to see the film again, this time with a 10-year-old boy present, I jumped at the chance. But not without first warning him that the film was a bit more sedate than other kiddie films, to which he responded, “this is my movie, and I have no intention of falling asleep.” […]


Mon, October 26th, 2009
Awards Round-Up
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Several awards-related news items were announced within that last week. Here’s the latest: The 2009 Guardian Children’s Prize went to Exposure, Mal Peet’s update of Othello. At the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, winners were announced in eight categories for the 2009 Anthony Awards: Best Novel The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly Best First Novel The […]


Fri, October 23rd, 2009
Film Review: Where the Wild Things Are
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

In an essay entitled “The Splendors of Crap,” published in his new book Manhood for Amateurs, Michael Chabon, shares his distaste for contemporary kids’ movies: “The new studio-made CGI products are like unctuous butlers of the imagination, ready to serve every need or desire as it arises; they don’t leave anything implied, unstated, incomplete. There […]


Fri, October 23rd, 2009
Bill Ott’s The Back Page: Book Party Like It’s July 2009
Posted by: Keir Graff

You may recall that, way back in the middle of last summer (or thereabouts), Time Out Chicago hosted a book launch party for Bill Ott’s new book, The Back Page. Well, Daniel Kraus, whose fingers must be smoking from all the videos he’s been editing of late, put together a nice overview of the event. Unfortunately […]


Thu, October 22nd, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: Shiver
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

In honor of Ian’s great interview with Maggie Stiefvater, I bring you a very special episode: A Tale of Two Trailers. First up is the more-or-less “official” trailer for Stiefvater’s werewolf romance Shiver. The content portion of this video is barely 30 seconds and constrains itself to elements found on the book jacket. Not especially […]


Tue, October 20th, 2009
E. Lockhart’s 2009 Printz Speech
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Author E. Lockhart isn’t afraid of a good argument, as she made clear in her acceptance speech for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks at the 2009 Michael L. Printz Awards (administered by ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by Booklist).  Readers have had wildly different responses to the book’s title character, a prep-school sophomore […]





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