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Archive for July, 2012

Mon, July 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Typically I start these things by listing a few accomplishments of the so-called “author.” Y’know, like: Anne Elizabeth Moore was co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, founding editor of The Best American Comics, and is the author of Cambodian Grrrl. But, really, do you think I have all day for typing and hotlinking and whatnot? […]


Fri, July 27th, 2012
The Best of #CheeseLit
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last Friday, we amused ourselves by coming up with the cheesiest book titles ever. It was both a lot of fun and a sobering reminder of the havoc Twitter can wreak on an otherwise productive workplace—fortunately, the meme was book-related so we can claim that it was, however marginally, in support of the work we do here […]


Thu, July 26th, 2012
Books by Booklist Authors: Lucy’s Tricks and Treats
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Congratulations to Books for Youth Senior Editor Ilene Cooper on the release of her latest title in the popular Absolutely Lucy series! The fifth book, Lucy’s Tricks and Treats, is being published this week and follows third-grader and Bobby and his adorable beagle Lucy through a mysterious Halloween season. After new boy Jack arrives, all […]


Thu, July 26th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Do you like shiny things? Then come to YA-land, of the Beverly Hillsian persuasion, with BTT for Jessica Brody’s 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, out this month. Slick cinematic production value goes hand in hand with the book’s subject matter: a glitzy teen heiress’ comeuppance.


Mon, July 23rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Kurtis Scaletta
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Kurtis Scaletta likes to write about baseball. Wait a sec . . . baseball?! That’s catnip for writers of introductions! Let’s see how many clichés I can squeeze-play (thats 1!) into this thing. After really throwing some heat (2) with Mudville, Scaletta proved he had the mechanics (3) to uncork a wild pitch (4) with […]


Sat, July 21st, 2012
Reading the Screen: A Lincoln Lawyer TV Series
Posted by: David Pitt

  I’m not sure how I missed this, but according to this 2011 article at Variety’s website, Michael Connelly is bringing The Lincoln Lawyer, his 2005 novel, to the small screen. It was already made into a very good movie starring Matthew McConaughey, and now the character will anchor a weekly ABC series (the pilot being written […]


Fri, July 20th, 2012
We Are the Cheeses
Posted by: Keir Graff

Yesterday morning, at Booklist CoffeeTM, I turned to Katharine Fronk and said, “The Artichoke Is a Lonely Hunter.” “The Great Broccolini,” she replied. “Are you speaking in code?” asked Brad Hooper. Katharine and I had been following, enjoying, and contributing to the #VeggieLit hashtag started by Chris Vaccari of Sterling Publishing (@christhebookie). Naturally, the Booklist […]


Thu, July 19th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Whiplash River
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Yogis and non-yogis, belly up–or belly down…ward facing dog, or really, do which ever pose you please–to this crime+novel+trailer+yoga+workout for Lou Berney’s Whiplash River. Booklist reviewer Thomas Gaughan starred it, noting that “Berney’s plot makes as many sharp turns as San Francisco’s famously curvy Lombard Street.” Yoga instruction, then, wouldn’t seem the natural choice to […]


Mon, July 16th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Lisa Unger
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Always on the lookout for a way to take my interviewees down a peg or two, I began shuffling through the thick resume of Lisa Unger. Eleven novels? International bestseller status?! Beloved by critics and readers alike?!? How do I combat all that? Fear not, gentle reader. For there is always the humiliation of masterfully […]


Mon, July 16th, 2012
2012 Thriller Award Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2012 Thriller Awards were announced at ThrillerFest‘s “gala awards banquet” last Saturday night. (I’m taking “gala” on faith; I have yet to see a press release touting a “swell,” ”swank,” or “pretty nice” banquet.) Are you thrilled by the results? According to the Booklist reviews, Paul McEuen’s debut, Spiral, may have been the best of the […]





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