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Archive for September, 2013

Fri, September 27th, 2013
2013 Bouchercon Awards Roundup
Posted by: Briana Shemroske

Over the past weekend, Albany, New York was home to the 44th annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Bringing together all members of the mystery and crime fiction community, this year’s attendees decided upon winners of the prestigious Anthony Awards. In addition, members of Mystery Readers International and subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal nominated and voted for […]


Fri, September 27th, 2013
The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2013
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

In 2012, you poured acid on it and sizzled its face off. In 2011, you made it go kablooey in a microwave. In 2010, you stabbed it with a knife taped to the end of your trombone. In 2009 (aka, the Year For Which There Is No Link), you simply told it you didn’t believe […]


Thu, September 26th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Jim Henson
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Looking to get lost in a YouTube spiral today? Start here, with the sweet little trailer for Brian Jay Jones’s stellar new biography of a man who changed imaginations forever, Jim Henson. When you’re done, just try not to get sucked into one of the related videos. For starters, there’s this gem from 1969, this […]


Wed, September 25th, 2013
Karen Russell is a genius
Posted by: Katharine

This morning fiction writer Karen Russell was announced as one of 24 MacArthur “genius” fellows.  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation bestows this annual, no-strings attached award to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Booklist couldn’t find a better way […]


Fri, September 20th, 2013
2013 National Book Award Fiction Longlist
Posted by: Kathryn Schleff

The 2013 National Book Award Fiction Longlist was announced yesterday by the National Book Foundation. Follow the links below to read Booklist reviews of each title. Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra The End of the Point, by Elizabeth Graver The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner Fools, by Joan […]


Thu, September 19th, 2013
The 2013 National Book Award Nonfiction Longlist
Posted by: Kathryn Schleff

The 2013 National Book Award Nonfiction Longlist was announced yesterday by the National Book Foundation. Follow the links below to read Booklist reviews of each title. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by  Jill Lepore Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, by Terry Teachout Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake […]


Thu, September 19th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Battling Boy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In his starred review of Battling Boy in the September 15 issue of Booklist, Jesse Karp writes: “Comics’ sci-fi rock-god Pope synthesizes the mythologies of Superman, Batman, and Hercules and sends them crashing into a monster-infested dystopia in this rollicking blast of adventure, the first part of a larger tale.” Are you listening yet? Now, […]


Tue, September 17th, 2013
2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry
Posted by: Keir Graff

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the 2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry. (Our coverage isn’t quite as excellent as it was for young people’s literature, alas.) American Amnesiac, by Diane Raptosh The Big Smoke, by Adrian Matejka Black Aperture, by Matt Rasmussen Bury My Clothes, by Roger Bonair-Agard Incarnadine: Poems, by Mary […]


Tue, September 17th, 2013
2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature
Posted by: Keir Graff

A day late and two dollars short (idiom adjusted for inflation), here is the 2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature, as announced by the National Book Foundation. Follow the links to read Booklist reviews of each title, when available. Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal […]


Thu, September 12th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Year of the Jungle
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In the reading world, we’re no strangers to the heart-racing, fictional fear and danger in Suzanne Collins’ dystopic Hunger Games series. But Collins explores fear of a different sort in her autobiographical picture book Year of the Jungle, out just this week. Collins presents her memories of the year her father was deployed to Vietnam, […]





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