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Archive for November, 2011

Wed, November 30th, 2011
“For the Woman I Love”
Posted by: Brad Hooper

“That woman” was how the British establishment referred to Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who swept King Edward VIII off his throne in 1936, and together, as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, they led aimless, frivolous lives thereafter. A new biography called That Woman, by Anne Sebba (St. Martin’s, $27.99), will be published in […]


Thu, November 24th, 2011
Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Why We Broke Up
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s BTT doesn’t quite qualify as a trailer, but I’d argue that it has the same intented result as one: what better way to drum up excitement for a new book than by inviting the blogosphere to step right up and share hilarious and heartbreaking tales of their own? The Why We Broke Up […]


Tue, November 22nd, 2011
What Happens When You Invite a Booklist Editor to Your Book Launch
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Being celebrated by the literati as the most venerable of critics, we editors are inevitably invited to stand before the assembled gala crowd, looking smashing in our tuxes and holding our martinis, to give our opinion of the about-to-be-published book. Sometimes this goes well. Other times it goes really, really, really badly. To give you […]


Thu, November 17th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: The David Mamet Collection
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.) Visitors to my stately personal library sometimes scoff at the condition of my David Mamet section. Not because they […]


Thu, November 17th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Guest Post: The Hunger Games
Posted by: Courtney Jones

So, I’ve been away for a while. Now that Sarah Hunter is doing a fine job taking over the awards beat, I’ve had a little more time to nurse my growing Hunger Games addiction. Annie Bostrom has been kind enough to let me share my rabid anticipation of the film and fill in for this […]


Thu, November 17th, 2011
National Book Award Winners
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Last night, at the Oscars of the literary world, The National Book Foundation announced the winners of this year’s National Book Award. This year, the event was broadcast live via webcast, and the full video of the event—including some groan worthy jokes and shameless plugs from John Lithgow—is available at the National Book Award’s website. […]


Tue, November 15th, 2011
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Chicago-Style!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you have anything remotely to do with kids’ lit in Chicago, get your butt over to the Harold Washington branch of the Chicago Public Library on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8pm in the Pritzer Auditorium, to experience the madness that is the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, the first in what is planned […]


Wed, November 9th, 2011
Esi Edugyan Wins the 2011 Giller Prize
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Canada’s biggest annual literary prize was awarded last night to Esi Edugyan for her novel Half-Blood Blues about jazz musicians in Paris. Her novel was selected from an impressive shortlist, including award-winning author Michael Ondaatje. Here’s the (impressive!) shortlist from which her novel was selected: The Free World By David Bezmozgis The Antagonist By Lynn Coady […]


Mon, November 7th, 2011
Chicago Tribune Book Prizes
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

This year’s Chicago Tribune Book Prizes were awarded this weekend at the Chicago Humanities Festival. The Literary Prize went to Stephen Sondheim, renowned musical theater lyricist. The Heartland Prize, given to one nonfiction and one fiction author, awards works “embodying the spirit of the nation’s heartland.” Here are the winners! Freedom By Jonathan Franzen The […]


Mon, November 7th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Screen to Book)
Posted by: David Pitt

After there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — well, not after: at roughly the same time — there was Cowboys & Aliens the novel, published by Tor and written by Joan D. Vinge. Novelizations, books written from screenplays, can be pretty awful (I have a few things to say about them over here), but this […]





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