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Archive for October, 2011

Fri, October 28th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: The Bob Tower Power Hour
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.) This is the rarest book I own. How rare? Only one copy was ever made. Its monetary worth is […]


Fri, October 28th, 2011
A Sweet Success Story
Posted by: Bill Ott

There’s something downright charming about a small independent publisher hitting it big with an honest-to-God best-seller, the kind of success—complete with ancillary sales—that enables a struggling company to stabilize its finances and, hopefully, move on to even greater things. And, call me a bit warped, but I like the story even more when all that […]


Thu, October 27th, 2011
Tumultuous Awards Season!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

This fall has brought a lot of controversy to book awards—accidentally nominated authors, rage over readability—my Google alert email was certainly exciting to read every morning! Here’s a roundup of some book award news worth noting: Lauren Myracle withdrew her book Shine from its place on the National Book Award shortlist (at their request). The […]


Thu, October 27th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: That Is All
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book Trailer Thursday switches gears this week from puppies to apocalpyse with John “I’m a PC” Hodgman’s That Is All. Lighten up the gloomy (in Chicago, at least) day with this hilarious trailer, which boasts more celebrity cameos than BTT has seen in a long while along with perhaps the most annoying song ever written. […]


Thu, October 27th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Book to Screen)
Posted by: David Pitt

Before there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — a splendid movie, why didn’t more of you go and see it? — there was Cowboys & Aliens the graphic novel, published in 2006 by Platinum Studios and created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. With words by Andrew Foley and Fred Van Lente, and terrific artwork by Dennis […]


Mon, October 24th, 2011
For Anita Hill, Serenity is the Best Revenge
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

It’s been 20 years since Anita Hill had the temerity to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas. It took a lot of nerve for her to come forth with allegations of sexual harassment against a man who was lined up to be the second African American male to serve on the Supreme […]


Thu, October 20th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Boo: A Day in the Life of the World’s Cutest Dog
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s Halloween season, and this book’s subject is called Boo, but who’s afraid of The World’s Cutest Dog (election date unknown)? Not my unnamed coworker, who exclaimed “Hahahaah! Yayay!!! This makes me sooooo happy!” when s/he first caught a glimpse of our fluffy hero’s debut book trailer. Does Boo also make you “sooooo happy!”? Or […]


Wed, October 19th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Stephen King’s Thinner
Posted by: David Pitt

Thinner, Stephen King’s 1984 novel published under the short-lived Richard Bachman pseudonym, is a clever tale of a man, a Gypsy curse, and the world’s most unpleasant weight-loss plan. The plot is simple.  Billy Halleck, a vastly overweight lawyer, is being, um, entertained by his wife while he’s driving their car. Because he’s not paying […]


Wed, October 19th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: Ghost Story
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.) Look at this thing. Just look at it. This thing is a battered piece of crap. To the trash […]


Wed, October 19th, 2011
Julian Barnes wins the Booker!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Amid much ballyhoo over judging criteria, Julian Barnes has emerged the winner of this year’s Booker Prize for his novel, The Sense of an Ending (keep your eyes peeled for the Booklist review in our November 15th issue of this year).





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