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Archive for October, 2013

Thu, October 31st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Chain Saw Confidential
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s hard to beat this trailer’s own opening line in order to intro it, so I won’t try. In lieu of a Booklist review, I have some “chainsaw shenanigans” to share with you on this dark and stormy Halloween. That sounds almost cute, doesn’t it? More trick-or-treating advice from BTT.


Fri, October 25th, 2013
Flappers and Button Men: Touring the World of “Dollface”
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t usually write about book launches, but then again, the most interesting thing I could say about most book launches is that a lot of people stood around drinking cheap wine from plastic cups and wondering why the cheese is always cut into those little cubes. Last night, however, I joined a group of […]


Thu, October 24th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Afterlife with Archie
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book Trailer Thursday this October has gone a little like this: scary, scary, franco (thanks, C!). In other words, all horror all the time. And this week, I will not back down! But I will give you animated scary, in the form of this trailer for the new graphic novel Afterlife with Archie. This ain’t […]


Fri, October 18th, 2013
Minority Report: Ward’s Tender Portrait Defies Stereotypes
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

Part of what makes Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward so moving, beyond the awful personal loss of five people close to her in four years, is the haunting notion that the small town closeness she describes is what was lost when so many black families left the South during the Great Migration. What the […]


Thu, October 17th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Actors Anonymous
Posted by: Courtney Jones

While a certain beloved Book Trailer Thursday curator is off getting hitched, I’ve gladly stepped in to provide this important public service announcement: As of Tuesday, October 15th, the actor James Franco unleashed another book onto the world. Donna Seaman penned some gracious words about Actors Anonymous in the Sept. 1 issue of Booklist: “The […]


Wed, October 16th, 2013
National Book Awards Finalists
Posted by: Briana Shemroske

Who will win the National Book Award this year? The National Book Foundation has recently narrowed down the titles from their mid-September ”longlists” to make way for five finalists from each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature)! A winner from each category will be decided by judges and announced on November 20th. The awards, first established […]


Mon, October 14th, 2013
Remembering Oscar Hijuelos
Posted by: Bill Ott

Reading the news that Oscar Hijuelos has died at the far too young age of 62 has left me feeling saddened and deeply melancholic, two emotions that were always at the core of his books, from his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1983) through his breakthrough work, The Mambo Kings Play Songs […]


Fri, October 11th, 2013
Title Trends: Pretty Word, Ugly Word
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Oh, internationally beloved and best-selling Beautiful Creatures series, what have ye wrought? Imitation is, of course, the most lucrative form of flattery, and marketing managers across this great land perked up their ears at the simple yet brilliant title construction. Pretty Word + Ugly Word drills directly into the teenager’s desire to be desired (see: […]


Fri, October 11th, 2013
Alice, Finally
Posted by: Brad Hooper

A friend of mine called me at 6:48 yesterday morning, knowing full well I would be up. “Have you heard the news?” My extreme fondness for the British Royal Family, a fact about me that everyone who knows me knows, prompted me to brace myself that something had happened to the Queen. “What news?” “About […]


Thu, October 10th, 2013
Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Alice Munro, “master of the contemporary short story,” was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning. The Nobel Prize committee didn’t have much more than that to say, choosing instead to let her tremendous body of work do the heavy lifting.  Here’s a selection of some Booklist favorites, including her latest, Dear Life, which Munro has […]





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