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Archive for April, 2012

Thu, April 19th, 2012
Mystery Month Preview
Posted by: Keir Graff

May is Mystery Month at Booklist! For me, it’s one of the most exciting times of the year—and also one of the busiest. It’s only mid-April and I’m already wondering whether I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. But crime fiction never sleeps and neither do we. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can […]


Wed, April 18th, 2012
A Different Kind of Geekery
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Here at Booklist, we’re well-established bookworms. I count myself among the best of them, as evidenced by the teetering pile of books on my nightstand, on my coffee table, and on the floor in front of my overflowing bookshelf. But when I ventured into The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2 for those in the […]


Tue, April 17th, 2012
Pulitzer winners (and non-winners)
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week with a few notable exceptions. No one was awarded the prize in the Editorial Writing or Fiction categories, despite strong contenders in the latter category. The Fiction award finalists were Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, and Pale King, by David Foster Wallace. […]


Mon, April 16th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Chuck Hogan
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Where do we even start with Chuck Hogan? So he typed up a pile of paper called The Prince of Thieves, which won the 2005 Hammett Award and was turned into a big fancy movie called The Town directed by Sir Ben Affleck. He’s also got some vampire books called The Strain Trilogy written with […]


Thu, April 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: ADHD in HD
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

With character names to his credit like “Weird Guy” and “Corny,” it’s no surprise that actor and author Jonathan Chesner seems totally at ease being goofy in front of a green screen to promote ADHD in HD: Brains Gone Wild, his nonfiction book for youngsters. Knowing one’s audience can be the key to, well, everything, […]


Mon, April 9th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Victoria Dahl
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Everyone’s convinced that Victoria Dahl is the bee’s knees. (Provided that we’re talking about an abnormally titillating bee with unusually come-hither knees.) She’s the award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Impressive? Sure. But does she have the stamina to withstand my super-sexy cross-examination? Let’s get started — right after I slip […]


Thu, April 5th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Pains
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Do you breathe oxygen? Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Watch this cinematically styled book trailer for National Lampoon’s parody The Hunger Pains and let us know if you are, to borrow phrasing from our reviewer Michael Cart, either “affronted or enchanted.” “I always knew I was gonna kill a bunch of teenagers, […]


Wed, April 4th, 2012
Stoker Awards: Books that don’t suck . . . or do they?
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The Horror Writers Association announced the winners of this year’s Stoker Awards this weekend. Here’s the list of winning books with links to Booklist reviews where available. Superior Achievement in a Novel Flesh Eaters, by Joe McKinney Superior Achievement in a First Novel Isis Unbound, by Allyson Bird Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel […]


Tue, April 3rd, 2012
Remembering Adrienne Rich
Posted by: Donna Seaman

As National Poetry Month begins, poet Adrienne Rich is much on the mind of poetry readers in the wake of her death at 82 on March 27, 2012. Adrienne Rich’s poems are works you turn to when the fog of stress grows too thick and the static too loud, when the world seems cruel and […]


Mon, April 2nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Frank Portman
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Frank Portman? Yeah, I’ve heard of him. Big tough guy. Wrote a zeitgeist novel called King Dork, then followed it up with one brilliant enough to make the brilliant doubt their brilliance. Oh, and he’s in a band. Is that supposed to make me swoon? Let’s start this concert already and see which of us […]





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