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Archive for August, 2011

Wed, August 31st, 2011
Keir’s Reading Resolution: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Posted by: Keir Graff

In a few hours, I’ll be out the door and on my way to a four-month sabbatical leave. Before I go, I’m pleased to report that I managed to knock off another title from my New Year’s resolution reading list. As Likely Stories and REaD ALERT readers know, earlier this year I decided to get […]


Tue, August 30th, 2011
Tatjana Soli Named James Tait Black Prize Winner
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The University of Edinburgh recently named Tatjana Soli the winner of the James Tait Black award for her novel The Lotus Eaters. Read what Booklist has to say about her debut work at the link below! The Lotus Eaters By Tatjana Soli


Mon, August 29th, 2011
2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor: Finalists Announced!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Here’s an interesting fact about James Thurber: as a child, he lost an eye in an game of William Tell gone horribly wrong. Despite that setback (or maybe because of it) he went on to be one of America’s foremost humor writers and cartoonists. In that tradition, the Thurber House has announced this year’s James […]


Mon, August 22nd, 2011
CWA Gold Dagger Award Short List
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The Crime Writer’s Association will announce the winners for this year’s Gold Dagger award on October 7th. If the suspense is killing you, here is the shortlist in the meantime. Follow the links to find out what Booklist has to say about some of the nominated titles. CWA Gold Dagger shortlist: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter […]


Mon, August 22nd, 2011
2011 Hugo Award Winners Announced
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

  It’s that time of year again—the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention has announced this year’s Hugo award winners. As usual, the list includes some Booklist favorites. Here are the big winners: Best Novel Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis Best Novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang Best Novelette “The Emperor of Mars” […]


Mon, August 22nd, 2011
Reading the Screen: A Blade Runner Sequel?
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this report from Reuters – along with a lot of other sources — Ridley Scott will be directing a follow-up (though not necessarily a sequel) to his 1982 classic, Blade Runner. Blade Runner, as I’m sure you know, was based on the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It’s […]


Wed, August 17th, 2011
What It’s Like to Work at Booklist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Decided last night to watch The Best of Everything (1959), a Valley of the Dolls-style movie about three young secretaries slaving away at a New York City publishing house and trying to work their way up to the vaunted position of “EDITOR.”  I was dumbstruck by the movie’s unfaltering realism. Why, this is exactly how […]


Tue, August 16th, 2011
Reading the Screen: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Posted by: David Pitt

It’s come to my attention that David Fincher, director of such excellent films as The Social Network, Zodiac, and Se7en, is going to be making a movie out of Jules Verne’s 1870 novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This won’t be the first movie, of course. In fact it won’t be the fifth. There  have […]


Mon, August 15th, 2011
Save the Monstrumologist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Pellinore Warthrop, the arrogant, brilliant hero of Rick Yancey’s thrice-starred Monstrumologist series, is in trouble. Snap to, Will Henry, and rescue your master! Or that’s what we would say if this was a story. Unfortunately, it’s a very real tale of art versus commerce, and the only one who might be able to help is […]


Mon, August 8th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Jack Reacher Loses Six Inches?
Posted by: David Pitt

In case you haven’t been following the story, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novel One Shot is being adapted to film by Christopher McQuarrie, the writer of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie (he also wrote and directed The Way of the Gun). Last time we talked about this, there was a serious rumor that Tom Cruise, […]





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