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Archive for July, 2011

Wed, July 27th, 2011
2011 Eisner Award Winners Announced at Comic-Con
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The best of the best in comics, er…graphic novels for you literary types, were announced at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. Here’s a sampling of the winners circle: Best Continuing Series Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory Best Limited Series Daytripper, by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba Best Publication for Kids Tiny Titans, […]


Tue, July 26th, 2011
25th Annual Anthony Award Nominees
Posted by: Keir Graff

When the 25th annual Anthony Award nominees were announced way back on May 10, I meant to get a blog post done right away. Unfortunately, amidst the mayhem of Mystery Month, I lost track of the draft post until just the other day, when I finally had time to link the titles to their Booklist reviews. But […]


Fri, July 22nd, 2011
The Three (or Possibly Four) Rules of Book Reviewing
Posted by: Keir Graff

Robert Pinsky had a great piece in Slate yesterday about a literary hatchet job . . . from 1818. The lessons we can take from it, however, are timeless. In “How Not to Write a Book Review,” Pinksy enumerates the three rules of book reviewing: 1. The review must tell what the book is about. […]


Fri, July 22nd, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Firm
Posted by: David Pitt

I’ve always considered 1991′s The Firm to be, in terms of its story if not its writing (the author has markedly improved as a storyteller over the years), to be one of John Grisham’s better early novels. I didn’t much like the 1993 Sydney Pollack movie, with Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere, the law school […]


Mon, July 18th, 2011
Manso v. Garner: The Makings of a Genuine Literary Feud?
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned literary dust-up—and while I’m not sure that Manso v. Gardner has the makings of a classic, I’ll take what I can get on a sleepy summer Monday. If you didn’t read Garner’s entertaining but occasionally odd takedown of Manso’s Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and […]


Mon, July 18th, 2011
Minority Report: Revisiting Malcolm X in the “post-racial” age
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley, is the most stolen book in American libraries, according to an attendee at a recent symposium on Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. That declaration of the popularity of Haley’s book, and the iconic status of the book and its subject, was reportedly based on […]


Mon, July 11th, 2011
Trending: Dog Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

For some reason, the other day I did a subject search on general-interest nonfiction dog books. There sure are a lot of them. Holy cats! (If you subscribe to Booklist Online, you can do your own search and read the reviews, too.) You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness […]


Mon, July 11th, 2011
2011 Thriller Award Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

The winners of the 2011 Thriller Awards were announced Saturday at a gala banquet in New York City. (And, is there any other kind of award banquet? Does anyone brag about throwing a “modest” award banquet?)  The Booklist handicapping was only partially accurate—but the whole thing wouldn’t be very thrilling if the outcome was easy to predict, […]


Fri, July 8th, 2011
Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman at ALA Virtual Conference
Posted by: Keir Graff

Whether you couldn’t make it to ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans or you did make it and want to recapture that conference glow, you’ll probably want to register for the ALA Virtual Conference to be held next week on July 13 and 14. My Booklist colleagues Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman will be playing important […]


Fri, July 8th, 2011
2011 Thriller Award Nominees
Posted by: Keir Graff

ThrillerFest VI is underway as we speak in New York City, with thriller authors, thriller readers, and thriller publishing types converging to share the chills and thrills of page-turning fiction. The 2011 Thriller Awards will be announced tomorrow—the nominees are listed below. Based on the Booklist reviews, I’d say Best Hardcover Novel should be a […]





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