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Archive for March, 2012

Fri, March 16th, 2012
Slides and Handouts from PLA
Posted by: Keir Graff

Here are the slides and handouts from my two programs at PLA, both the one I did yesterday and the one I’m about to do as soon as I can scare up some more coffee. (Update: After finding more coffee, I realized these links weren’t working. Coffee consumed, links working, crisis adverted.) Thursday, March 15 […]


Thu, March 15th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Drift
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Rachel Maddow’s Drift, which, as Vanessa Bush writes, is “an insightful look at the cost of military vigilance to ideals of democracy,” is reviewed in today’s fresh issue of Booklist, interestingly dedicated to Dick Cheney, and accompanied by a characteristically conversational and engaging trailer.


Wed, March 14th, 2012
Know Your Booklisters: Katharine Fronk
Posted by: Keir Graff

What do you do? I do marketing for Booklist, Book Links, Booklist Online and manage the Booklist webinar program. How did you get here? After graduating with a double-major in French and English—creative writing with a focus in poetry (might as well have been philosophy), I applied to any museum, university, and association with job […]


Tue, March 13th, 2012
Wait, those American Horticultural Society Book Award Winners look familiar…
Posted by: Katharine

As Booklist’s webinar taskmistress (not as sexy as it sounds) there are myriad reasons why I think our webinars are worthwhile: hour-long, free content; sneak peeks of upcoming titles and trends; Q&As with publishers and authors; relevant information from librarian experts; a huge archive to return to; top-notch Booklist editor moderators… All that? For free? […]


Mon, March 12th, 2012
Booklist at PLA!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

PLA looms ever closer and we’re getting pretty excited! Booklist will be in booth #431 with free copies of the magazine,  discounts on subscriptions and a chance to win a free subscription. Don’t forget to stop by on Thursday at 3:30 for a free wine and cheese party where you can schmooze with Booklist editors […]


Fri, March 9th, 2012
National Book Critics Circle Awards!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Back in January, I posted the shortlist of titles nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award. Now it’s time to evaluate the worthiness of your critical eye, because last night the National Book Critics Circle announced the winner in each of 6 categories. Did you pick the winner? Here are the prize-winning titles with […]


Fri, March 9th, 2012
Overlooked Books: The Novels of “Edgar Box”
Posted by: David Pitt

Gore Vidal has a pretty interesting bibliography: the novels Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln, Hollywood, and the groundbreaking The City and the Pillar, for example, not to mention various essays, screenplays, and whatnots. You probably know all that already, but you might not know this: in the 1950s Vidal wrote three crime novels under the pseudonym Edgar […]


Thu, March 8th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: On the Changing Nature of Books
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

One morning last week, I was riding my usual bus to work in my usual, pre-8 A.M., low-functioning state when I had a moment of alarming cognitive dissonance. As I scanned my review copy of Gideon Lewis-Kraus’ A Sense of Direction, I wondered why his vague reference to another book was not hyperlinked to the Booklist review […]


Mon, March 5th, 2012
Godfather Sequels & Prequels (And I Starred in One of Them!)
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

There’s a lot of hubbub around Ed Falco’s new prequel to The Godfather, called The Family Corleone. Seems like Paramount, who was not a fan of the two post-Puzo sequels written by Mark Winegardner, wants to “protect the integrity and reputation of The Godfather trilogy” by preventing the publication of Falco’s book. Too bad, I […]


Fri, March 2nd, 2012
Ask a Book: Refrigerator Thieves and Hunger Games
Posted by: Keir Graff

Have a burning question about etiquette or literature? Ask a book! Dear The Hunger Games, I work in a medium-size office with 23 coworkers. People are generally polite, and we get along pretty well, but there is one problem that’s driving me crazy: someone keeps stealing my lunch! I’ve tried everything, from sticky notes to […]





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