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Archive for October, 2011

Tue, October 18th, 2011
Two Authors, Double the Fun
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Step one, read Saul Bellow’s lengthy masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March. That is this fall’s selection for One Book, One Chicago, the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Public Library program. I read Augie March years ago, and was amazed to find that I remembered most vividly the sections set in Mexico, and recalled little […]

Thu, October 13th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Bedbugs
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Those not committed enough to embark on their own 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge can here instead enjoy a 1 Horror Book Trailer in 97 Seconds Challenge (working title): Wake up in the morning with a strange small bite and cry “Bedbugs!” – we’ve all been there, right? Read the Booklist review here, […]

Wed, October 12th, 2011
National Book Award Finalists for 2011 Announced today!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The National Book Foundation has named their picks for this year’s National Book award in four categories, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The winner of each category will be announced at a gala dinner on November 16th. Check out what Booklist reviews had to say about the selections below! Fiction: The Sojourn By […]

Tue, October 11th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: The Girdle of Chastity
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.) In my defense, anyone’s history collection is going to be filled with some oddball volumes that make you look […]

Fri, October 7th, 2011
Depp as Seuss?
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Following his film role as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Johnny Depp (or, rather, his production company) has just announced that he’s planning a biopic about Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), with the strong possibility that he will star as the Cat in the Hat’s creator. Is the children’s book author biopic […]

Fri, October 7th, 2011
The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35″ Winners for Fiction, 2011
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The National Book Foundation  announced the honorees of their “5 under 35″ selections for fiction. Here’s the list of winners: The People of Forever Are Not Afraid By Shani Boianjiu Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self By Danielle Evans The Walking People By Mary Beth Keane Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories By Melinda […]

Thu, October 6th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s BTT offers a break from the norm (to assuage the pain of last week’s hiatus, of course) with what can sometimes be the most enticing, if somewhat indirect, form of book advertising: the trailer for a big-budget (in this case) film adapted from its loved and lauded leafy cousin. Without further ado – […]

Thu, October 6th, 2011
Tomas Tranströmer Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The winner has been announced! Defying Ladbrokes’ predictions, Tomas Tranströmer was selected this morning for the prestigious prize. Tranströmer’s work has already reached world acclaim and been translated into over 50 languages (including English, luckily enough for those of us unfamiliar with Swedish). Anyone care to make the Peace Prize interesting?

Wed, October 5th, 2011
David Rakoff Wins the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

On Monday night, in what was sure to be a very witty and self-deprecating event, David Rakoff was awarded the James Thurber Prize for American Humor for his collection of essays, Half Empty. Here’s what our reviewer had to say about the collection: Calling into question some of the institutions we hold closest to our […]

Tue, October 4th, 2011
The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2011
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Our newest intern showing up for work. As Booklist‘s resident horror expert, it’s not just the Stephen King and Rick Yancey novels I need to devour to keep on top of terrifying trends. Any serious horror fan knows the crossover between books and movies is especially key in this genre–you can hardly be versed in […]

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