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Archive for September, 2011

Thu, September 29th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: The Doll Who Ate His Mother
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) First off, what a title, right? I think I read about this lesser-known Ramsey Campbell shocker in Stephen King’s […]


Wed, September 28th, 2011
Post Time for the Nobel Prize
Posted by: Bill Ott

It’s time to get your bets down on the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Ladbrokes, the U.K. gambling company that posts odds on just about everything, sees the favorites this way: Syrian poet Adonis is the favorite at 4-1, with Swedish author Thomas Transtromer at 9-2, Thomas Pynchon at 10-1, and Haruki Murakami […]


Tue, September 27th, 2011
Rule, Britannia!
Posted by: Brad Hooper

Next year will be a major celebratory time in Great Britain. On February 6, 2012, the Queen will have sat upon the throne for 60 years, surpassed in that capacity only by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. To be published in January, a new biography, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally […]


Tue, September 27th, 2011
Reading the Screen: David Baldacci on TV?
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at Digital Spy, David Baldacci’s novels featuring Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are being turned into a television series, with NCIS’ Shane Brennan producing. This could be a good show, provided they spend a goodly amount of time on the characters. The King/Maxwell novels vary wildly in […]


Fri, September 23rd, 2011
Getting Excited
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

I’ve always said it will be time to quit this job when I don’t feel at least a tingle as a new season’s books starting arriving. Spring 2012, a trickle of books  a few weeks ago, has turned into a steady stream, and everywhere I turn, there’s something new I can’t wait to read. Meg Rosoff is […]


Thu, September 22nd, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: The Apothecary
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Shadowbox-style animation, lively/spooky music, and limited text over Ouija-esque backdrops do justice to Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, a YA novel of “magic elixirs, transformational disguises, and everyday cunning.”


Wed, September 21st, 2011
Poet Kay Ryan officially a “genius.”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Although Booklist has enthusiastically reviewed books by the newly designated MacArthur “genius” long form journalist Peter Hessler, most recently, Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory, this year’s MacArthur Fellows include only one instantly recognizable literary name, that of poet Kay Ryan, a former poet laureate. I’ll never forget the first time I […]


Tue, September 20th, 2011
More Book Crimes
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Earlier this year, my esteemed colleague Dan Kraus wrote a manifesto (My 2011 YA Wishlist) outlining the seven things we need to see less of in teen fiction. Well, in the spirit of making this a regular feature around here, here’s another report from what we’ll be calling the Booklist Book Crimes division. Think of it […]


Thu, September 15th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Maru
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week, book trailers and cat videos combine to bring you what might be BTT’s strongest week yet. We at Booklist are imagining the possibilities if every book box were this enlightening, or – better yet – if Maru, The Most Famous Internet Cat himself, were delivered to our doorstep with his contemplative forthcoming biography. […]


Tue, September 13th, 2011
James and His Giant Peach Turn 50!
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Today, September 13th,  has been declared Roald Dahl Day in honor of the author’s birthday, and this year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of James and the Giant Peach. Penguin Young Readers Group has rolled out an interactive site, filled with activities, games, and opportunities to send a “Peach-gram” that will help keep […]





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