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Archive for May, 2010

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Ken Book Awards Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Ken Book Awards honor outstanding literary works on mental illness. This year the winners are: The Lonely Soldier, by Helen Benedict The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel   Nothing Was the Same, by Kay Redfield Jamison The Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, by Christopher Payne The Suicide Run: Five Tales of […]


Tue, May 18th, 2010
2010 Nebula Winners Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The 2010 Nebula winners have been decided. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi took the novel  category, and best novella went to The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, by Kage Baker. To see a complete list of Nebula winners visit the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website.


Mon, May 17th, 2010
Minority Report: Remembering the Legendary Lena Horne
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

When a person has lived as long as Lena Horne (92 years) and been as famous as she was, it’s hard to imagine there’s much more to add to the volumes of words that have already been written about her. Iconic — absolutely. Stormy Weather, the unauthorized biography by James Gavin, filled in a lot […]


Thu, May 13th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Just One More Thing
Posted by: David Pitt

You probably already know this, but the final episode of Columbo – the original NBC series, not the ABC follow-up — aired on May 13, 1978. There were 45 episodes, if you include the 1968 and 1971 TV movies. You can read all about them in Mark Dawidziak’s absolutely indispensible 1989 book, The Columbo Phile. It’s […]


Thu, May 13th, 2010
Overlooked Books: Gar Anthony Haywood Recommends Dallas Murphy and Roger L. Simon
Posted by: Keir Graff

Gar Anthony Haywood knows something about being overlooked. Though the author of the Aaron Gunner series has received strong reviews throughout his career, and raves from his peers, he has spent long periods of time hovering near the edge of the reading public’s radar. After All the Lucky Ones Are Dead (2000), the sixth Aaron […]


Wed, May 12th, 2010
Children’s Choice Book Award Winners Named
Posted by: Courtney Jones

115,000 kids across the country voted for their favorite books. The Children’s Book Council, in association with Every Child a Reader, Inc. tallied the votes, and released the results. The winners are: Author of the Year James Patterson for Max                                                Illustrator of the Year Peter Brown for The Curious Garden Kindergarten to Second Grade Book […]


Wed, May 12th, 2010
Society of Midland Authors Awards
Posted by: Keir Graff

It was my distinct pleasure to present the adult fiction winners at the Society of Midland Authors‘ awards banquet at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago last night. Here’s the complete list of winners and finalists. ADULT FICTION Winner Twisted Tree, by Kent Meyers Finalists Generosity: An Enhancement, by Richard Powers Ruins, by Achy Obejas ADULT NONFICTION […]


Wed, May 12th, 2010
Overlooked Books: Jon Talton Recommends Stella Pope Duarte and Jim DeBrosse
Posted by: Keir Graff

As part of Mystery Month here at Booklist, we’re continuing, day in and day out, to ask authors to tell us which books by other authors deserve more attention. Jon Talton, whose Deadline Man received a starred review in our March 15 issue, was only too happy to oblige. And while some writers have recommended books […]


Tue, May 11th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Staring at Goats Can Be Baaad For Your Health
Posted by: David Pitt

Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004) was made into a nifty movie.  The movie is a lot of fun — George Clooney always looks like he’s having a hoot when he does comedy — and it manages to be substantially different from the book, and faithful to it, all at the same […]


Tue, May 11th, 2010
Overlooked Books: C. J. Box Recommends Three
Posted by: Keir Graff

As Mystery Month continues, we’re asking more and more mystery, thriller, and espionage authors to tell us which books they think deserve more attention. C. J. Box has certainly been well reviewed at Booklist, from Bill Ott’s gangbusters starred review of the Joe Pickett series starter Open Season (2001) to my review of Nowhere to […]





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