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Archive for November, 2013

Thu, November 28th, 2013
Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Mast Brothers Chocolate
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Can’t think of eating another thing, right? Wrong! Happy Thanksgiving! And, why, hello, Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook. I’d love this trailer even if it weren’t for a book about chocolate, (in part because I see a bearded Adrian Grenier every time I look in the mirror, too, and now I feel less weird […]


Fri, November 22nd, 2013
The Secret History of My Magnificent Obsession with Novels about the Assassination of JFK
Posted by: Ben Segedin

One of the perks of working at Booklist is the abundance of publishers reviewer’s galleys that litter our hallways, making our workplace more than just a fire hazard, but instead, a book-lover’s paradise. And while many of the galleys ultimately end up in the recycling bin, a number of them find their way onto precarious […]


Thu, November 21st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday:11/22/63
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

On the day before the fiftieth anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, today’s book trailer borrows from the past–two years ago, to be precise–to feature Stephen King’s time-traveling novel of the event, 11/22/63. There’s no shortage of promo material online for readers who might have missed the lauded bestseller in 2011, or those who […]


Thu, November 21st, 2013
National Book Award Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

The National Book Award winners were announced last night, at a gala, star-studded ceremony in—where, else?—New York. Once the cheering had died down, the smoke from the fireworks had cleared, and the rowdy hooligans had been dispersed by baton-wielding mounted police (some literary groupies just don’t take it very well when the authors whose names […]


Thu, November 21st, 2013
Word for Word: Good-Bye Alligators & Overcrowded Stilettos
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Behold! Here at last we reveal the identity of our mystery author, who dared to play mad libs with her own prose. The results, I think, speak for themselves! Truck drivers go missing every day. They slip out of bedroom feather dusters and into repulsive cars. The leave good-bye alligators or don’t get a chance […]


Wed, November 20th, 2013
Remembering Charlotte Zolotow
Posted by: Michael Cart

I first met the legendary editor/publisher/author Charlotte Zolotow, who has died at the age of 98, sometime in the late 1980s, when she was a guest on the cable television author interview program “In Print,” which I was hosting and co-producing at the time. I was all-a-tremble at the prospect, since I held her in […]


Thu, November 14th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Liliane’s Balcony
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Liliane’s Balcony, a part-prose, part-poetry novella of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home Fallingwater, is the subject of this week’s book trailer. Reviewer Katharine Fronk writes that author Parker “sculpts and controls myriad, nearly unwieldy elements to construct a driven plot that illuminates the perched house and those who live within it.” Pills, chills, and a […]


Thu, November 7th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Fosse
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

At over 700 pages, Sam Wasson’s new biography Fosse, our reviewer David Pitt writes, “feels like it ends too soon.” The book’s trailer confirms that Pitt is to be taken at his word. It seems woefully truncated at a whopping–in BTT land–5:33, and makes me wish for a feature-length film of Wasson acting as himself […]


Tue, November 5th, 2013
Be Careful Reading Brain Scans–and Books on the Subject
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I’m as intrigued as anyone with science and technology that seems to open us up to understand the mysteries of our bodies, our brains, our genes. I was listening to an interview recently about the pros and cons of women of Jewish heritage learning about their genetic propensity for breast cancer and, in the funny […]


Mon, November 4th, 2013
31 Horror Films in 31 Days 2013: The Soul-Swallowing Conclusion
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The 5th Annual 31 Horror Films in 31 Days challenge is now but matted red roadkill in my rear-view mirror. For the fourth year straight, I staggered across the finish line in a ghastly state, choking down film #31 mere minutes before the fateful witching hour. Now, of course, I find I cannot sleep, for […]





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