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Archive for April, 2013

Thu, April 25th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Dark
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Right up there with “flushing the toilet with the bathroom door closed (because you could get sucked in!),” “the dark” is among the most common, very rational childhood (or adulthood, no judgment here) fears. What’s Lemony Snicket got to say about it? Are you sure you wanna go down there, little Laszlo?


Mon, April 22nd, 2013
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Nonfiction and Fiction Shortlist
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

We’re excited to announce the shortlisted titles for this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction and Fiction. The awards were established last year in cooperation with Booklist and Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and they are made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The winner in each category […]


Mon, April 22nd, 2013
LA Times Book Prize Winners
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Spring has sprung, and in addition to May flowers, April showers are bringing a deluge of book prizes (stay tuned for the Carnegie shortlist announcement later this morning). On Friday, this year’s LA Times Book prize winners were announced in each of 10 categories. Here is a selection of the award-winning titles with links to Booklist […]


Mon, April 22nd, 2013
Hostile Questions: Michael Grant
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Michael Grant‘s bestselling reign over kid lit stretches from the seminal Animorphs series to the bold new BZRK series. But it was another one of his series that changed the very face of a YA, a series that looked at the literary landscape and said “I am here. I am now. I am forever.” The […]


Thu, April 18th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Gulp
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The appropriately fun trailer for Mary Roach’s latest pop-science-tacular Gulp follows a few kernels of corn on a most wondrous journey of alimentary amusement. Photo ops and tilt-a-whirl FX.


Fri, April 12th, 2013
Society of Midland Authors Awards
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The winners of the Society of Midland Authors Awards, honoring titles by Midwest authors, were announced last week. Not only are the winners great writers, but we can’t help but puff up our broad Chicago shoulders with some Midwest pride. Find the list of winners below, as well as links to Booklist reviews where available. Adult Fiction […]


Thu, April 11th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The World’s Strongest Librarian
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Now before you say, “Wait a minute, I thought I was the World’s Strongest Librarian!,” give Josh Hanagarne a chance. After all, can you deadlift 600 pounds? In all seriousness, our reviewer calls Hanagarne’s memoir “an excellent and uplifting story on accepting and coping with lifelong disabilities, of particular interest to librarians.” Check out the […]


Mon, April 8th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Bob Staake
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I could really respect a man called “Bob Stake.” It’s a surname that conjures up the manliest of pursuits: eating a steak, staking a vampire, that sort of stuff. But you throw an extra “a” in there? Then you end up with Bob Staake, some dude who draws pictures. (He probably doesn’t even like steak.) […]


Thu, April 4th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: NOS4A2
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

What’s that? “Silent Night” in April? Something’s not right– or make that a lot of things. I’m not sure if Joe Hill betrays his desire to send readers “careening deliriously off into a la-la land of horrifying absurdism” in this author-interview style trailer for NOS4A2, but we have Dan Kraus’s review to warn us of […]


Mon, April 1st, 2013
Hostile Questions: Sara Zarr
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Little-known fact: Before Sara Zarr became the beloved National Book Award-finalist author of Story of a Girl, How to Save a Life, and The Lucy Variations, she was a pirate known only as “Sarazar,” and the southeastern seaboard was interminably terrorized by her jolly band of peg-legged buccaneers. Even during her dastardly life of crime, […]





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