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Archive for June, 2012

Thu, June 28th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Consider this BTT a call to pre-”Read the Screen”: trailers have recently been released for film versions of beloved novels. Neither is due in theaters until later this year, giving faithful re-readers reason to pick them up anew and new readers plenty of time to find out where it all began. While this is certainly […]


Mon, June 25th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ellen Hopkins
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Looking for a raw, stark, relentless take on a grueling topic? You’re in luck! Ellen Hopkins has you covered. Crank takes on crystal meth addiction; Burned looks at abuse; Impulse examines suicide; Tricks explores prostitution; and–well, how much time do you have? Her verse-novel style and one-word titles are trademark at this point. I wonder […]


Mon, June 25th, 2012
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Winners
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Last night, at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, Anne Enright and Robert K. Massie became the first authors to be honored with the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz (2011) received the medal for fiction and Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great: Portrait […]


Thu, June 21st, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Dan Gets a Minivan
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book trailer first and homage to MTV’s Pimp My Ride second, this video for Dan Zevin’s Dan Gets a Minivan pleases with swelling beats and captain’s seats. Sipping a juicebox and spouting universal truths, like how the coolness of one’s ride is best measured in cupholders, and how a minivan can also function as a […]


Mon, June 18th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Daniel H. Wilson
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We had no beef with Daniel H. Wilson back when he was earning a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. But then the good Dr. Wilson had to shove his knowledge of “science” and whatnot into our faces with “books,” including the brand-new Amped and the bestselling Robopocalypse, soon to be a “major” motion […]


Fri, June 15th, 2012
A Love Letter to Libraries
Posted by: Katharine

By now you’ve probably heard about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction—a new adult book award co-sponsored by Booklist. If this is news to you then catch up on The Back Page, er, the back-story before June, 24 when the winners will be announced at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. […]


Thu, June 14th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Planet Tad
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s book trailer really demonstrates the beauty of its format–it speaks to a crowd who might not think much of a book on a shelf. Told in blog entries, Planet Tad, as Ian Chipman might lead us to believe, can appeal to some more reluctant middle-grade readers. This unorthodox format lends itself well to the […]


Wed, June 13th, 2012
A(nother) New Prize for ALA Annual
Posted by: Ian Chipman

And the winner is . . . you! (maybe) This week, the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation announced the formation of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries. Here’s a link to a PDF of the full press release, but for those on the go here’s the essential deets: The prize is a bundle […]


Mon, June 11th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Mary Roach
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Sure, Mary Roach looks like a formidable foe. She got up close and personal with decomposing flesh in Stiff, got intimate with death in Spook, got just plain intimate in Bonk, and then went cosmic, man, with Packing for Mars. But I have an edge: If there’s one thing I know about the nonfiction publishing industry, […]


Fri, June 8th, 2012
Booklist Editors at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest
Posted by: Keir Graff

Booklist editors will have a strong presence at this weekend’s Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. (Still shorthanded by most Chicagoans as “Printers Row.”) If you’re in town, we hope to see you there! (For your convenience, Booklisters are in boldface.) SATURDAY 11:45 a.m. “Young Adult Fiction: Young and Restless,” with Stephanie Hemphill, John Coy, Daniel Kraus, […]





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