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Archive for April, 2010

Wed, April 7th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Alien Invasions Can Be Contagious
Posted by: David Pitt

So Steven Soderbergh is making a movie out of one of my favorite recent alien-invasion novels, Scott Sigler’s Contagious (2009). The novel is a B-movie-style horror-thriller, and, with his knack for strong visuals and equally strong characters, Soderbergh sounds like a good choice. The mother of all alien-invasion stories, H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds […]


Mon, April 5th, 2010
How will traditional publishers respond to the rise of self publishing?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over the weekend, NPR was the latest news organization to see the iPad as the latest hook for the ongoing story about self-publishing (“iPad Could Help Self-Publishers Kick Open Doors,” by Laura Sydell). But, after speculating that the iPad’s fabulous full-color screen will make e-books sexy again, it’s pretty much the same story as usual: self-publishing […]


Mon, April 5th, 2010
Blogging up a Storm for National Poetry Month
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

Over at Kidlitosphere, participating children’s and young-adult lit bloggers are hosting a “Celebration of Poetry Month.” What’s that? you may ask. A 30-day extravaganza of original poems, interviews with award-winning poets, and poetry giveaways. Here’s a sampling of the poetry highlights for April: Sylvia M. Vardell, Book Links “Everyday Poetry” columnist and author of the […]


Fri, April 2nd, 2010
Weeklings: Book Review Bingo, Alec Baldwin’s Bookmobile, Glenn Beck’s Fiction Book, and More
Posted by: Keir Graff

A random assortment of things that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks. Book review bingo? I’m afraid to play it. Alec Baldwin bought a bookmobile (“Alec Baldwin Buys Massapequa Bookmobile,” by Irina Aleksander, New York Observer). I hope he’s not afraid to drive it. How much did writers of yore earn […]


Thu, April 1st, 2010
Sensational Summer Reading Webinar
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

In Tuesday’s Booklist webinar, “Sensational Summer Reading: Programming Tips and Titles for Children and Teens,” sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books and Candlewick Press, we received some great questions from the audience but unfortunately didn’t have time to address them during the presentation. Two of the webinar presenters, librarians and summer reading mavens Carole D. Fiore […]


Thu, April 1st, 2010
Reading the Screen: Welcome Holmes
Posted by: David Pitt

By now you all should have seen Sherlock Holmes, the splendid movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson (and, might I add, Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler). The movie was a hit in theaters, and now it’s on DVD and Blu-Ray. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s one of […]





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