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Archive for January, 2012

Tue, January 31st, 2012
A Shopping-Cart Traffic Jam on “The Road”
Posted by: Keir Graff

“It would be like ‘The Road,’ ” one publishing executive in New York said, half-jokingly, referring to the Cormac McCarthy novel. “The post-apocalyptic world of publishing, with publishers pushing shopping carts down Broadway.” This quote in a recent New York Times article (“The Bookstore’s Last Stand,” by Julie Bosman) reminded me of a short story […]

Mon, January 30th, 2012
Book It: World Book Night
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last year, the first-ever World Book Night was held in the UK and Ireland—not quite “the world” but, here at Likely Stories, we certainly applaud the lofty ambition. The stated goal was to give away one million books to “light or non-readers” and, by most accounts, the night was a resounding success. This year, WBN will add two more countries to its efforts at […]

Fri, January 27th, 2012
Sneak Preview—The Booklist Printz Interview
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

[Here’s an early look at Ilene Cooper’s interview with John Corey Whaley, winner of both the 2012 Michael L. Printz and  William C. Morris awards, announced earlier this week at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. The full interview will appear in the March 1, 2012, issue of Booklist.] On January 23, 2012, at the Youth Media Awards […]

Thu, January 26th, 2012
Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t have anything to add to this, but if you haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s two-part interview with Maurice Sendak (Bumble-Ardy, 2011; Where the Wild Things Are, 1963), you’re missing out. Some side-splittingly funny moments here. Quoth Sendak: “I didn’t set out to make children happy.”  

Thu, January 26th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Taft 2012
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Proving that campaign advertising and election season could be infinitely more interesting if only time travel were involved, here’s the trailer to accompany Jason Heller’s Taft 2012, out this month. Vanessa Bush makes the premise sound downright simple: President William H. Taft returns to the scene “100 years after the end of his presidency to […]

Tue, January 24th, 2012
2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents
Posted by: Keir Graff

This isn’t the first blog post to note the many literary antecedents of this morning’s Oscar nominations, but it may be the most comprehensive. I’ve linked the movie titles to the Booklist reviews (when available) of the books and stories that inspired them. Read on, and let me know if you see anything I’ve missed. […]

Tue, January 24th, 2012
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

This weekend, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for this year’s award. The winner of each category will be announced on March 8th. In the meantime, read the finalists and choose your favorite! Fiction Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides Open City, by Teju Cole Stone Arabia, by […]

Tue, January 24th, 2012
2012 RUSA Awards
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Let’s not forget about RUSA in the midst of all the YMA excitement! The RUSA awards were announced on Sunday night at ALA Midwinter. Here are the lists . We’ll post lists with links to Booklist reviews soon. Notable Books for Adults Dartmouth Medal Outstanding References Sources Sophie Brody Award The Listen List The Reading […]

Mon, January 23rd, 2012
2012 ALA Youth Media Awards
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

In case you missed the hubbub on twitter this morning, today was the big announcement of this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards. In an awards ceremony that clipped by at just over an hour, nearly 20 awards were announced — that’s about 1 every 3 minutes! Here’s a list of selected winners: Newbery Medal Dead […]

Mon, January 23rd, 2012
2012 Printz Award Announced
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

More award news from ALA Midwinter! Next up, the Printz Award: Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley

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