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Archive for June, 2013

Thu, June 27th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Letters from Skye
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

First-novelist Jessica Brockmole introduces readers to an enchanting Scottish setting in the epistolary, historical Letters from Skye. If you missed it, listen to Brockmole discuss Letters from Skye in the archived Booklist webinar “Dazzling Debuts: Hot New Names in Fiction.”

Mon, June 24th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Caitlin Kittredge
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The information superhighway would have us believe that Caitlin Kittredge has published 16 fantasy novels since 2008, including the recent Iron Codex series, which puts the “steam” in “steampunk.” (Boom! Book Reviewing Award, please.) But I’m sorry, 16 novels in five years? That dog don’t hunt. So I launched the latest in my series of […]

Thu, June 20th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Cartooning
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

If you’re like me, you’ve made a long list of Summer Projects that, come Labor Day, will be a short list of Summer, mostly TV-related, Accomplishments. (How’s that herb garden? And all those rare extracts you were going to make from scratch?) Here’s something you can add to that list and immediately cross off–a neat […]

Thu, June 20th, 2013
Reading the Screen: The Shining News
Posted by: David Pitt

You probably know that Stephen King, author of The Shining (1977), strongly dislikes Stanley Kubrick’s film version (1980). I’m not going to get into the whole is-he-right-or-is-he-wrong debate — although I do have an opinion — but it’ll be interesting to see what King has to say when he’s seen the prequel, being written by […]

Thu, June 13th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Belle Epoque
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

“In a city obsessed with beauty, how does a girl stand out?” Why, by hiring a less pretty girl to accompany her and make her appear irresistible by comparison. Why didn’t you think of that?! This intriguing premise sets the stage for Elizabeth Ross’s Belle Epoque, a provocative historical YA novel “ripe with satisfaction,” according […]

Tue, June 11th, 2013
Can’t-Miss Events at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago
Posted by: Keir Graff

With the overwhelming array of events scheduled for ALA’s upcoming annual conference in Chicago, we wouldn’t blame you if you just couldn’t decide where to begin. Need some suggestions? How about taking in a few of the events where Booklist editors serve as judges, moderators, interviewers, or organizers? From award ceremonies to in-booth chats, we’ve never […]

Mon, June 10th, 2013
Reading the Screen: 11/22/63
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at, Bad Robot, the company run by J.J. Abrams (TV’s Alias and Lost; the films Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek), is working on a deal to option Stephen King’s excellent 2011 novel 11/22/63 for television. If you haven’t read the novel, you really ought to. King’s take on the […]

Thu, June 6th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Boy Nobody
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

When you’re a teenage assassin, high-profile hits are par for the course. But when that high-profile hit has a pretty daughter, it’s time to ask some questions. Michael Cart thinks this first book in a promised action thriller series will have teen readers “clamoring for more.”

Tue, June 4th, 2013
The Audies 2013
Posted by: Liz Teahan

And now for the Audies! Awards for the best-produced audiobooks are presented annually by the Audio Publishers Association.  Below is a list of the 2013 winners with links to Booklist reviews when applicable. You might recognize some famous names among these narrators, including Colin Firth—let’s hope he channelled the always composed Mr. Darcy and not the stuttering King George […]

Mon, June 3rd, 2013
Hostile Questions: Barry Lyga
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Barry Lyga has you hoodwinked, America! He lulled you into thinking he was pretty stand-up guy, what with The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Boy Toy, and the Archvillain series. Heck, you were half-ready to invite him over for drinks and Twister. But don’t click “send” on that Evite! Hear me out! It […]

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