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Archive for January, 2013

Thu, January 31st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: YMA Winners
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

I was out sick last Thursday, so here’s my belated birthday gift to trailerdom: not a-one, not a-two, but a SIX trailer BTT post. The Youth Media Awards were announced bright and early this past Monday morning in Seattle at the ALA Midwinter conference, and here are just a few of the lauded titles in […]


Tue, January 29th, 2013
Youth Media Awards
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Well, that was a whirlwind hour, and I only say that because I was not in Seattle but here in Chicago, frantically trying to keep up with the rapid-fire Youth Media Awards announcements on our Facebook page (check out all the covers!). I’m sure for real-life attendees of yesterday’s announcements, the presentation was full of […]


Tue, January 22nd, 2013
Hostile Questions: Paolo Bacigalupi
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Paolo Bacigalupi really knows how to draw the hostility out of a questioner. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Printz, and a National Book Award finalist, he’s got just the kind of medal-laden shelf that I live to upend. So it’s freaking killing me that I can’t quite do it. Y’all read The Drowned Cities? […]


Fri, January 18th, 2013
Reading the Screen: 2013 Oscar Nominations
Posted by: David Pitt

I don’t know if this means anything, but five of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees for the Academy Award are based on books. They are: Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same name. Argo, based on Antonio Mendez’s 1999 memoir The Master of Disguise (written with Malcolm McConnell). Mendez is […]


Fri, January 18th, 2013
Come See Us in Seattle!
Posted by: Keir Graff

We’re packing our bags—and, given some of the food-loving people on staff, this probably includes doggie bags, too—for Seattle, where we’ll be attending ALA’s Midwinter Meeting from Friday, January 25 through Monday, January 28. Will you be going, too? Be sure to stop by booth #2515 to say hello. Just a few of the reasons you […]


Thu, January 17th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Truth in Advertising
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This trailer for John Kenney’s Truth in Advertising is, like advertising itself, as one focus group member astutely notes, all about lying. Lying that this is a real focus group, namely. “Boredom…Confusion…Just feelings.” Debut novelist and New Yorker contributer Kenney discusses the method behind his masterpiece trailer here.


Wed, January 16th, 2013
Edgar Award Nominees
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Let’s suspend our disbelief for a brief moment and imagine that Edgar Allan Poe, now 204 years old, were still alive. Perhaps he’s revising his latest rewrite, “The Purloined Email.” Maybe he’s picking up a book to read, no doubt assisted by his scientifically advanced cyborg eyes (204 years is a long time, people). Is […]


Mon, January 14th, 2013
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

It seems like just yesterday that I posted the National Book Critics Circle Award winners. So much so, in fact, that I searched for my original post to make sure I wasn’t repeating myself. Turns out it was about one year ago, and one year is enough time for a new batch of excellent titles […]


Mon, January 14th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Maggie Stiefvater
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Maggie Stiefvater loves animals!!! Having put out a number of books on doggies (Shiver), horsies (The Scorpio Races), and birdies (The Raven Boys), she’s clearly in line for one of those hilarious guest spots on late-night TV where she brings out the funny orangutan and it climbs all over Jay Leno. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! What fun! Well, […]


Thu, January 10th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: On the Map
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

I found it fun to imagine what exactly I was looking at in this mesmerizing trailer for Simon Garfield’s On the Map. And, as reviewer Colleen Mondor writes, “The people and places he has chosen to discuss are a collection of curiosities without peer,” most of my guesses are probably far off. The starred review […]





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