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Archive for September, 2012

Fri, September 28th, 2012
What makes YA fiction so popular?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Next week, I’ll be making my annual trip to Bouchercon, a fan-favorite mystery convention, where I’ll be moderating “The Popularity of YA Books” with Joelle Charbonneau, Jordan Dane, Michelle Gagnon, and Bev Irwin. It’s no secret that YA is hotter than ever, and it’s not just for kids anymore—if indeed it ever was. But I definitely […]


Thu, September 27th, 2012
The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

You thought you killed it in 2010. You saw it buried beneath eight feet of rotten earth in 2011. But… good lord… what’s that coming out of the fog? Just like that demon-dog who whizzed on Freddy Krueger’s grave, thereby resurrecting him, the 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge rises again. A FETID FAQ: […]


Thu, September 27th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: That’s Not a Feeling
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

How many pupils do you have? This book trailerite cartoon man has two… in each eye. We better pay attention to what he has to say. Keir’s starred review tells us that the rolly-eye doctor and apparent mythology expert is the cultish headmaster of a school for troubled teens, the backdrop for this “wonderful and […]


Wed, September 26th, 2012
Common Core Questions and Answers
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

We had a terrific response to last week’s webinar, “Common Core State Standards: Getting Ready for K–8 Research,” which was sponsored by Cherry Lake Publishing. We’ve asked the webinar’s presenter, Kristin Fontichiaro, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, to address some of the many questions that came in during […]


Mon, September 24th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Courtney Summers
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Courtney Summers lives in Canada. Now, it’s true, I’m not a quote-unquote “expert” on Canada, but I’m pretty danged smart so let me paint you a picture of her writing life. Somewhere in the frozen, unforgiving Canadian tundra squats an ominous black cabin stinking of yak hide and bear piss (aka “the smell of fear”). […]


Thu, September 20th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: My Mother Was Nuts
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Once in a great while, a book trailer comes along to make you forget all the book trailers that came before it: the ones who let you down; the ones you loved but everyone else said were bad for you; the ones who suggested you watch some really terrible Youtube videos after their own time […]


Mon, September 17th, 2012
Hostile Questions: James Dashner
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

It’s easy to be hostile to James Dashner. Dude is ubiquitous. You walk into a book store? The Maze Runner and its sequels stacked floor to ceiling! You walk into a library? Maze Runner-centered posters and displays! You walk around Hollywood? Fevered scuttlebutt regarding the upcoming movie! You go into a restaurant? Maze Runner-brand cutlery! […]


Thu, September 13th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

We reviewed her, we blogged about her, and yet our search for Bernadette continues. Now it’s time for Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? to get trailered. My favorite cameos in this trailer–and there are a few!–appear near the end, so stick around. And trust me that when Semple herself tells you her book “is […]


Tue, September 11th, 2012
Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

After last year’s contentious Booker Prize nominations, all eyes will surely be on this year’s short list, announced today. No news yet on how readability will factor into selecting the winner, but the judges are getting ahead of the game by praising the writers’ wordsmithing abilities: “After re-reading an extraordinary longlist of twelve, it was the […]


Mon, September 10th, 2012
Booklist Seeks Interns
Posted by: Keir Graff

Gain valuable publishing experience by becoming an intern for Booklist Publications in Chicago. For over a century, Booklist has helped more readers find more titles than any other publication. Published by the American Library Association, Booklist delivers over 8,000 recommended-only reviews of books, audiobooks, reference sources, videos, and DVDs each year. Spotlight issues provide coverage […]





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