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Archive for January, 2011

Fri, January 28th, 2011
Battle Bullying with Books
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

In the wake of this week’s Booklist Online webinar, “Battle Bullying with Books,” we compiled a few of the many excellent questions from attendees and asked the presenters to respond. Michelle F. Bayuk from Albert Whitman and Miriam Gilbert from Rosen kindly offered some answers, which appear below. Special thanks go to the sponsors of […]


Fri, January 28th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: The Bigger World
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Yes, I know it’s Friday, but news of this caliber does not wait. Behold: the greatest book trailer of all time, for Noelle Kocot’s The Bigger World. You’re going to have to click through to see it. (Via PWxyz.)


Thu, January 27th, 2011
Derek Walcott wins T.S. Eliot Prize
Posted by: Courtney Jones

81-year-old Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott beat out Seamus Heaney to win the T.S. Elliot Prize for poetry. He will take home a $24,000 cash prize for his work,  White Egrets. Visit The Telegraph website for more on his win.


Tue, January 25th, 2011
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists have been announced: Fiction A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen To the End of the Land, by David Grossman Comedy in a Minor Key, by Hans Keilson Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray Nonfiction Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick Empire of […]


Tue, January 25th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock?
Posted by: David Pitt

I’m not sure how I missed this, but apparently there’s going to be a movie based on Stephen Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (1990). I’ve read the book. It’s splendid, and could make a fine movie. And get this: according to this story at The Hollywood Reporter, Anthony Hopkins is “in talks” to […]


Thu, January 20th, 2011
Fiction Reviewers Wanted
Posted by: Keir Graff

( . . . and we sure don’t say that very often.) Booklist seeks experienced fiction reviewers with critical acumen and knowledge of public-library audience. E-mail writing samples (preferably published work) and reviewing preferences (general, crime, historical fiction) to Joanne Wilkinson, editor at large, at jwilkinson@ala.org. Good luck!


Thu, January 20th, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Night Stalker
Posted by: David Pitt

A while back (right here, as a matter of fact), I talked about the forthcoming movie based on Philip Carlo’s excellent book The Ice Man. Now comes news of another Carlo adaptation. According to this story at Cinema Blend, James Franco may be directing and starring in a movie based on Carlo’s 2006 book The […]


Fri, January 14th, 2011
Today Show: Snooki Trumps Newbery, Caldecott
Posted by: Courtney Jones

In case you need more proof that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is a monster and must be stopped, she’s written a book. She wanted to surprise everyone by writing fiction.  Don’t get too excited, A Shore Thing is basically a novelization of her life, with plenty of GTL* for everyone. To add insult to injury, the Today […]


Thu, January 13th, 2011
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Author/madman/cyborg/prankster James Kennedy (I admit to knowing him from his book The Order of Odd-Fish), has unleashed his latest multimedia experiment upon the library world: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. It’s just what it sounds like: videos, in 90 seconds or less, encapsulating one of the many Newbery Medal winners. The rules are simple: produce […]


Tue, January 11th, 2011
Historical Fiction Rules the Newbery
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

Maybe it’s because I’ve started serving on the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction committee, but all of the sudden I’ve noticed renewed interest in children’s historical fiction. As a big HF fan, it’s neat to see this uptick reflected in four of the five 2011 Newbery picks. (Interestingly, the fifth title happens to be a poetry picture book, Joyce […]





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