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Archive for February, 2012

Wed, February 29th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau
Posted by: David Pitt

Have you seen The Adjustment Bureau, the recent movie based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Adjustment Team”? It’s a good movie, with a mind-bending premise and a rather touching love story, but oh boy is it different from its source material. In the movie, a politician (Matt Damon) stumbles onto a secret organization […]


Mon, February 27th, 2012
Closing the Book on 2012 Oscar Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

When the 2012 Oscar nominations were announced, many people noted how many of the nominess had been inspired by books and short stories—surely a feel-good testament to the power of the printed page. But the winners tell a different story: not even the magic of Harry Potter could keep the literary A-list from being largely shut out. […]


Fri, February 24th, 2012
Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

I’ve been on the awards beat at Booklist for about 6 months now, so I’ve seen my fair share of distinguished writers take home prizes and laurels. I’ve also written my fair share of dry introductory paragraphs—hey, it’s not always easy coming up with something witty to say about the LA Times Book Prize. But […]


Thu, February 23rd, 2012
So That’s What She’s Been Up To
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Almost as soon as Harry Potter et. al. took their final ride on the Hogwarts Express in 2007, readers began to speculate what the next big project was for J.K. Rowling. Now we know. She has finished an adult novel, though the publication date is still under wraps. What was disclosed in a press release is that […]


Thu, February 23rd, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Tuck in your bib and flip that tie over your shoulder–you’re about to drool. Here’s a worthy toothache of a trailer for the forthcoming The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day, owners of “the best little bakery in the South” and American scratch-baking enthusiasts. With this as our guide, we […]


Wed, February 22nd, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Woman in Black
Posted by: David Pitt

The Woman in Black, the new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young British solicitor who comes to a small market town to tidy up the affairs of a deceased client and gets a bit more excitement than he bargained for, is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. If […]


Tue, February 21st, 2012
LA Times Book Award Finalists!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The finalists in each of the 10 categories for the LA Times Book Prizes were announced today. The judges (one of whom is our own Donna Seaman!) will select one winner from each category to be announced on April 20th, so mark your calendars! Here are the finalists and and links to Booklist reviews where […]


Tue, February 21st, 2012
Could Coming Apart Pull Together Social Policy on Poor?
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I’ve been listening with keen interest to interviews with Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. In the last few weeks, he’s been interviewed by Robert Siegel of All Things Considered and Tom Ashbrook of On Point, both on NPR. In Coming Apart, Murray observes that the current generation of […]


Mon, February 20th, 2012
Small Demons: How would you use this?
Posted by: Rebecca

How many times have you taken note of fleeting details in a book you’re reading? I know when I read The Girl who Played with Fire, I found myself chuckling every time Billy’s Pan Pizza was mentioned, and simply laughed out loud at the details of Liz Salander’s IKEA furnishings—at one point, I thought I […]


Fri, February 17th, 2012
Ask a Book: Poker Night and Nothingness
Posted by: Keir Graff

Have a burning question about etiquette or literature? Ask a book! Dear Being and Nothingness, by Jean-Paul Sartre, Every Thursday night, I get together with some old high-school buddies. We play poker and have some beer and pizza and blow off some steam. My wife hates these nights. She says we’re all living in the […]





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