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Archive for April, 2012

Mon, April 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ransom Riggs
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Hey! You! Ransom Riggs! What, you think you can just explode upon the scene with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and dangle the film rights before Tim Burton and then cruise around the country all successful and whatnot? Sure, you’ve been on the bestseller charts for 45 weeks. But guess how long it’ll take […]


Fri, April 27th, 2012
My Night at the Edgars
Posted by: Bill Ott

I’d been to the Edgar Awards, honoring the finest in mystery fiction, a couple of times in the past, but this year was different: an invitation to sit at legendary crime fiction editor, publisher, and bookstore owner Otto Penzler’s table is not to be passed up. The room was crawling with big-name authors, including a […]


Fri, April 27th, 2012
Edgar Award Winners Announced
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The Edgar Awards ended, fittingly, much like an Agatha Christie novel: the suspects  gathered in the parlor (the Grand Hyatt hotel at Grand Central Station) in black tie and finally learned whodunit . . . won the award, that is.  No word yet on whether anyone made one last, desperate attempt to flee before getting […]


Thu, April 26th, 2012
“What rough beast slouches at your keyboard?” and Other Brutal Rejections
Posted by: Keir Graff

These people keep sending me the harshest rejection letters—but I guess I’m asking for it. I should never have submitted to them. Dear Writer, The void awaits us all, but your prose was a gaping hole of premature death. From your submission darkness seeped, the groaning collapse of the inept, in throes. It shocked us […]


Thu, April 26th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Cat Daddy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book trailer hunting yielded a myriad of exciting results this week, truth be told. But then I found the trailer for Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy. Redemption story? Tattooed man showing his sensitive side? “Ah-HA!” moment? CATS?! Sorry, every other book trailer in the world. You’ll have to wait until next week, for today we […]


Wed, April 25th, 2012
Awards Roundup: An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Covering book awards is sometimes like trying to find a snack in the pantry after not visiting the grocery store for a few weeks. But this month has been a trip-to-Costco-with-a-minivan kind of month for book awards. From the Pulitzer, to the Orion Book Awards, to short-list announcements for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the […]


Tue, April 24th, 2012
This Commute Is Not Recommended: Booklisters Review Their Trips to Work
Posted by: Keir Graff

We review a lot of books, audiobooks, and databases—but if you think that’s all we review, think again. As proven by these evaluations of our trips to work, once the book-critical part of the brain has been activated, it’s impossible to turn it off. Bookman versus the Train Weasels For a commute with such a provocative title, this 45-minute ride […]


Mon, April 23rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Melissa de la Cruz
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you find yourself going mano a mano with Melissa de la Cruz, act sharp or you’ll find yourself bedazzled by her otherworldly credentials. She’s conjured up more bestsellers than boxers have teeth, including books in the Blue Bloods and Au Pair series, not to mention her adult novel Witches of East End. Can de […]


Sun, April 22nd, 2012
Earth Day 2012
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Books inspired and continue to fuel the environmental movement, from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and to today’s frontline writers, including David Gessner, Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Carl Safina, Terry Tempest Williams, and many more. Consequently, The Orion Book Award honors environmental writing. The finalists have been announced on the eve […]


Thu, April 19th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Tasteful Nudes
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Comedian and first-time author Dave Hill would probably prefer that I call this one “Incredible Book Trailer Music Video Thursday,” but then again, I would prefer that guy in the back were wearing more than a speedo. Perhaps we’ll call it even then, eh? I first watched this yesterday and I can confirm that “Tasteful […]





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