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Archive for May, 2010

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Crime Fiction Past and Present Webinar
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you weren’t able to join us for our webinar last Thursday, “Crime Fiction Past and Present,” you missed a good one. David Wright of Seattle Public Library kicked things off with a fascinating selection of little-known, forgotten, and cult favorite mysteries (what an old-school DJ might refer to as “dusty tracks from the stacks […]


Mon, May 10th, 2010
Overlooked Books: Gregg Hurwitz Recommends Marcus Sakey and Jesse Kellerman
Posted by: David Pitt

As part of our ongoing Mystery Month coverage, we’re consulting the experts, asking authors who have been well reviewed by Booklist to recommend books by other writers that didn’t get the attention they deserved. Gregg Hurwitz, whose most recent novel, They’re Watching, was a starred review and Booklist Online‘s Review of the Day for May 4 , […]


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Overlooked Books: Betty Webb Recommends Emily St. John Mandel
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you’ve been reading Likely Stories at all this month, then you know we’ve had a terrific lineup of mystery writers sharing some of their favorite overlooked books. Today we hear from Betty Webb, who writes about the Scottsdale, Arizona PI Lena Jones. Booklist reviewer Barbara Bibel called Desert Lost (2009) “a complex, exciting entry in a first-class […]


Fri, May 7th, 2010
Reading the Screen: It’s No Mystery Why Bones is So Popular
Posted by: David Pitt

The season finale of Bones, the television series based on the Kathy Reichs novels about Temperance Brennan, the crime-solving forensic anthropologist, is scheduled to air on May 20 — which is all the excuse I need to hype Reichs’ upcoming book, Spider Bones. It’s not officially published until August, but I’ve read it, and it’s very […]


Thu, May 6th, 2010
Overlooked Books: Olen Steinhauer Recommends Brian Freemantle
Posted by: Keir Graff

As part of our ongoing Mystery Month coverage at Booklist, we’re asking authors to tell us which books by other authors deserve greater attention. Olen Steinhauer has done pretty well for himself at Booklist, from his Eastern European quintet to his new books featuring the “Tourist,” Milo Weaver. His latest, The Nearest Exit, is on […]


Wed, May 5th, 2010
Overlooked Books: Craig Johnson Recommends a “Magnificent Six”
Posted by: Keir Graff

As part of our ongoing Mystery Month coverage at Booklist, we’ve been asking authors to tell us about books by other authors that deserve to be better known. Craig Johnson, whose Dark Horse (2009) is featured on this year’s Top 10 Crime Novels, was happy to oblige. His latest book is Junkyard Dogs (2010). I love lists […]


Tue, May 4th, 2010
John Shannon Solves the Case of the Overlooked Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

As part of our ongoing Mystery Month coverage, we’re asking authors who have been well reviewed by Booklist to recommend books by other writers that didn’t get the attention they deserved. Today, John Shannon, whose star-to-review ratio would be the envy of practically anybody (he’s 6 for 9), tells us why we should take another look at […]


Tue, May 4th, 2010
Reading the Screen: More Boys from Brazil?
Posted by: David Pitt

Apparently, if you believe reports on the internet, Brett Ratner, director of the Rush Hour movies, is working on a remake of The Boys from Brazil (1978). But don’t panic: it could only be a rumor — although the project is listed as “in development” on The Internet Movie Database — and, anyway, Rattner also […]


Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Graphic Novel Webinar
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Last Thursday we did a pretty neat webinar–Let’s Get Graphic: Kids’ Comics in Classrooms and Libraries–sponsored by TOON Books, Rosen Publishing, Scholastic Graphix, and First Second. In fact, we were having such a lovely time spreading the good word that we ran over the planned hour, and didn’t have a chance to get to some […]


Mon, May 3rd, 2010
John Green Solves the Case of the Overlooked Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

As we announced last week in REaD ALERT, May is Mystery Month at Booklist. In addition to the Mystery Showcase issue of Booklist, our blockbuster issue of REaD ALERT, a mystery webinar, and a special issue of Booklist Online Exclusives (mailing Friday morning), we’ll be blogging and tweeting about mysteries until May gasps its last. As part […]





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