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Archive for January, 2012

Mon, January 23rd, 2012
2012 Alex Award Winners Announced!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

ALA Midwinter is atwitter with excitement over this year’s Youth Media Awards (literally: my twitter feed is moving at lightning speed)! First up, the Alex Awards. Here are the 10 winners: Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys […]


Thu, January 19th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Flame Alphabet
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today we have a creepy, artist-created trailer for Ben Marcus’ The Flame Alphabet, a novel which Donna Seaman writes in her starred review “[offers] incandescent insights into ancient alphabets and mysticism, ostracism and exodus, incarceration with Holocaust echoes, and Kafkaesque behavioral science.” Too brainy for a Thursday? Not brainy enough? You tell us. To find […]


Thu, January 19th, 2012
Edgar Award Nominees!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Get out your pipes and magnifying glasses, because it’s almost time for the Edgar Awards! The nominees for the big prize were announced today and the winner of each category will be announced on April 26th.  You can use your deductive reasoning to determine who each winner will be, or you could just read the […]


Thu, January 19th, 2012
Puzzle Noir Update
Posted by: Bill Ott

Likely Stories readers will recall my post on January 6 announcing that the Booklist staff had embarked on a project: putting together a jigsaw puzzle–not just any jigsaw puzzle but one illustrating a nifty pulp paperback cover. Well, we’re making progress, thanks especially to Annie Bostrom, Sarah Hunter, and Courtney Jones, among others, we now […]


Fri, January 13th, 2012
Ask a Book: Dear Fight Club—Help!
Posted by: Keir Graff

In response to popular demand, Booklist Online offers its first advice column. Have a burning question about etiquette or literature? Ask a book! Dear Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, My husband’s birthday is coming up and, as always, he wants to celebrate it with his family members who live nearby. He loves my cooking and […]


Thu, January 12th, 2012
Awards Roundup
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Though the book awards season has hit a bit of a slump after the landslide of National Book awards, Man Booker Prize, and Nobel this fall, there are still a few awards trickling through. Here are a couple of recent notable ones. The Poetry Society of America named Marilyn Nelson the winner of the 2012 […]


Thu, January 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Fault in Our Stars
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Even without a visit to the boardwalk to consult your most reliable fortune teller, you might have guessed this week’s Book Trailer Thursday pick (though perhaps you should still make that trip for the popcorn and cotton candy–due to predicted snow in Chicago, Booklist‘s carrier pigeon snack delivery system has halted service). Coinciding with the […]


Wed, January 11th, 2012
Good Prize for Bad Review
Posted by: Keir Graff

As reported by Jill Lawless (Lucy, your long-lost sister is a reporter!) in the Associated Press, the brand-new Hatchet Job of the Year Award will celebrate “the angriest, funniest, most trenchant” book review of 2011. The winner will receive a year’s supply of something called potted shrimp (courtesy of the Fish Society)—so you know the […]


Tue, January 10th, 2012
Walter Dean Myers on Being The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Walter Dean Myers spoke with NPR this morning about his new appointment as The Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. I loved his quote that “reading is not optional,” along with his emphasis on the importance of reading to very young children. Also great is his anecdote about his own early reading […]


Mon, January 9th, 2012
Darwyn Cooke’s Richard Stark’s (Donald Westlake’s) Parker
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Despite the tangled web of authorship, Darywn Cooke’s Parker adaptations (based on books by Richard Stark, aka Donald Westlake) are, in my opinion, the single finest thing going in comics right now. The Hunter was great. The Outfit was greater. And would you look at that? IDW just teased the third book, The Score, due […]





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