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Archive for January, 2010

Thu, January 28th, 2010
J.D. Salinger, R.I.P.
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Literary deaths don’t get any bigger. J.D. Salinger, 91, died at his home on Wednesday, January 27, leaving behind one of the most mysterious and pervasive legacies of any great writer of the twentieth century. When John Updike passed, when David Foster Wallace died, word spread among the hallways pretty quickly at Booklist. But this […]


Thu, January 28th, 2010
Edgar Nominations Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

It’s that time again. The behemoth Edgar Nominations list  has been released to the public. Hold on to your hats: Best Novel The Missing, by Tim Gautreaux The Odds, by Kathleen George The Last Child, by John Hart Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, by Charlie Huston Nemesis, by Jo Nesbø, translated, by […]


Thu, January 28th, 2010
Gross wins 2009 TS Eliot Prize
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Philip Gross’  The Water Table won the £15,000 TS Eliot prize for poetry, beating out Christopher Reid’s Costa-winning A Scattering. Read more about Gross’ win in the Guardian.


Wed, January 27th, 2010
Won’t Anyone Please Think of the Comics?
Posted by: Ian Chipman

So, the iPad is here (yes yes, total namefail) and all the geeks are mad because it does what everyone’s been conjecturing it’ll do for months if not years, but fails to do anything that no one thought of. Do people think that Apple has people coming up with ideas from different dimensions? Is it supposed […]


Wed, January 27th, 2010
Reid Wins Costa
Posted by: Courtney Jones

With Reid’s A Scattering named Costa’s Book of the Year, Colm Toibin continues to be a bridesmaid. Albeit a bridesmaid £5,000 richer. Reid’s book of poetry, an account of his wife’s struggle with cancer and eventual death, won in an upset over Toibin’s Brooklyn. Unlike last year’s winner, the panel of judges had nothing but glowing […]


Tue, January 26th, 2010
What to Read at Work
Posted by: Keir Graff

On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Toby Lichtig bemoans bad weather’s effect on workday reading: when you can’t go outside at lunch, just where and how are you supposed to get any reading done? He also identifies five books not to read on your lunch break – because they bring with them “a horrible sense of deja vu”: […]


Tue, January 26th, 2010
National Book Critics Circle Announces 2009 Nominees
Posted by: Courtney Jones

On Saturday, the National Book Critics Circle gave nods to the best in fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, poetry, and criticism, including Booklist’s own Donna Seaman. For the complete list of finalists, visit the NBCC’s blog. Winners will be announced on March 11.


Thu, January 21st, 2010
YALSA and RUSA Announce More Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The inaugural winner of YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults was announced at Midwinter. The honor went to Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith. For more information, see the press release. The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) also gave out awards in Boston. Winners include Adriana Trigiani whose novel […]


Thu, January 21st, 2010
Minority Report: Library is the New Cool
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I was thrilled to read the review of This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson and see how the image of librarians may be shifting into cool. Anybody who loves books and libraries doesn’t need to be convinced that librarians are cool. I particularly hope the news […]


Wed, January 20th, 2010
R.I.P., R.B.P.
Posted by: Bill Ott

The news that Robert B. Parker died on Monday of a heart attack at age 77 (he was sitting at his desk writing at the time) comes as a shock to hard-boiled fiction fans everywhere. Parker wrote more than 60 books in multiple genres, but for most of his fans, his career was defined by the […]





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