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Archive for October, 2009

Mon, October 19th, 2009
Maggie Stiefvater Interview
Posted by: Ian Chipman

This past summer I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk to fantasist-turned-romancer Maggie Stiefvater, whose recent book, Shiver, is providing vampire-addicted teens a welcome dose of literary lycanthropic methadone. But just how did the author of seriously ass-kicking faerie tales (Lament, Ballad) turn up the heat and find herself writing books with actual […]


Thu, October 15th, 2009
Controversy! Is Something Rotten in the NBA?
Posted by: Ian Chipman

As you might know from reading 10 inches below this post (or, if for some reason you gets infos from somewhere else other than our little Likely Stories, you already know from anywhere else), the National Book Award nominations were announced yesterday. And while the NBAs are no stranger to odd picks, especially in the […]


Thu, October 15th, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: All the World
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Nothing new here. Just a proof of the old maxim “less is more.” It takes only 36 seconds (22 if you don’t count the closing information!) for this video to perfectly encapsulate Liz Garton Scanlon’s All the World. It’s simple: if you like this trailer, you’ll like the book, and in that respect it’s hard […]


Wed, October 14th, 2009
National Book Award Finalists Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Man, where did the year go? Awards season is gearing up again. The National Book Award finalists were announced today: Fiction American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin Lark and Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips Far North, by Marcel Theroux Nonfiction […]


Mon, October 12th, 2009
Booklist vs. Bookchase
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Seven months ago, four Booklist editors were shown up by the book-themed board game It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Seeing how our scattered egos were approaching reassembly, it was time for another round of humiliation. That’s just how we roll. Thus: Bookchase. The box claims as its audience everyone from “people who have […]


Thu, October 8th, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The first time I heard about Pride and Prejudice and  Zombies, I reacted just like any other red-blooded American: I giggled like a schoolgirl and geeked out for about 20 hours by incredulously emailing links back and forth with my friends. Is this for real? It is! This is going to be so bad-ass! I […]


Wed, October 7th, 2009
Webcomics wednesday: goin’ mobile
Posted by: Ian Chipman

I recently got one of them there iPod Touches (the less gifted cousin of the iPhone), and after about a minute of playing with the thing it became obvious that this was an ideal platform for comics–it’s essentially a pocketable panel. So off I went in search of comics that have embraced the technology, and […]


Wed, October 7th, 2009
Preparing to Caterpillar
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

Previously I’ve talked about how much my family enjoys Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Tomorrow we’ll be able to share the love during Jumpstart’s fourth annual Read for the Record campaign, which encourages adults and children across the country to read  aloud the same book on the same day—this year it’s Carle’s classic picture book. If you need a […]


Wed, October 7th, 2009
Mantel Wins Man Booker; Frazier wins Thurber
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Hilary Mantel took home the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, the “prohibitive favorite” of the shortlist. In completely different genre of literary prizes, Ian Frazier’s Lamentations of the Father won the Thurber Prize. You can view the shortlist here.


Fri, October 2nd, 2009
Booklist Online Welcomes Book Links
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, I didn’t get a Weeklings post written last week, and I may not get one written today. The reason? We’ve been testing improvements to Booklist Online–improvements that just went live last night. Here’s the scoop: Beginning with the October 1 issue, now in readers’ hands, our sister publication, Book Links, will be published as […]





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