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Archive for January, 2014

Thu, January 30th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Posted by: Courtney Jones

I’m abandoning my tireless coverage of James Franco’s frightening march toward world domination to alert you, dear reader, to this triumphant release by a different funny person we like a little more. B.J. Novak writer/ actor of TV’s “The Office” and BTT curator favorite “The Mindy Project”, has released a delightful, clever trailer featuring fellow […]


Wed, January 29th, 2014
2014 ALA Youth Media Awards
Posted by: Keir Graff

Eight a.m., Monday morning and ALA’s 2014 Youth Media Awards were being announced to an overflow crowd of enthralled librarians and book lovers in Philadelphia. And where was I? I was in Philadelphia, too—in my hotel room, watching the proceedings on a frequently failing feed, tweeting my fingers off, trying to keep @Booklist_Keir separate from […]


Thu, January 23rd, 2014
The 90-Second Newbery — NOT the 92nd Newbery
Posted by: Keir Graff

At 3 p.m. on February 1, at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, while the world continues to bask in the glow of ALA’s Youth Media Award announcements—including, of course, the ninety-second annual Newbery medal and honor books—I will be co-hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Yes, I misheard that the first time as well, and, […]


Thu, January 23rd, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: A Street Cat Named Bob
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s not news that Bob, the ginger (“orange,” in American) heart-stealing, life-changing cat has sat cozily curled on best-seller lists near and far for some time. (He stole Brad Hooper’s heart, for one, back in April.) It is news, however, that over the pond they’ve been enjoying The World According to Bob, which picks up […]


Fri, January 17th, 2014
Don’t miss Booklist in Philadephia!
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you read my “Great Reads: The Mean Streets of Philadelphia,” you may be considering changing your travel plans to a destination such as, oh, say, Disney World—but, rest assured, the aisles of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be 100% free of murder, skulduggery, and the visible effects of a troubling legacy of systemic economic […]


Thu, January 16th, 2014
2013 Story Prize Finalists
Posted by: Tim McLaughlin

Each year Story Prize announces their choice for the best work in short fiction, and the winner of this year’s prize will be announced March 5th. The Booklist reviews can be found here, and for more information, check out Story Prize’s website. Archangel, by Andrea Barrett Bobcat, by Rebecca, Lee Tenth of December, by George Saunders


Thu, January 16th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: This Dark Road to Mercy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Apparently, when you’re a writer who has a funny brother, you should let him be funny in your book trailer–no matter what the book is about. Michael Cart wrote a great review of Wiley Cash’s serious second novel This Dark Road to Mercy, calling the thriller, “a fine example of reader-pleasing southern storytelling,” with interest […]


Tue, January 14th, 2014
2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists
Posted by: Tim McLaughlin

Once again the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award are in. Enjoy reading these books if you can find the time, and if you don’t have the time, don’t worry; we read them for you. You can read our reviews by clicking on the links in the titles, and, for a full list of the finalists, you can go […]


Thu, January 9th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Henny
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Henny ain’t no ordinary chick. Unlike the wings all the other chicks have, Henny has human-like arms that drag behind her, but also allow her to ballet dance, fly a plane and–I’m just guessing here–maybe even do the hokey pokey. In her starred review, Ilene Cooper calls Henny “hysterical,” with “a good message about making […]


Fri, January 3rd, 2014
The Best YA & MG Book Jackets of 2013
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

You cannot have a conversation about the best YA/MG covers of the year without starting with Andrew Smith’s Winger. I saw it long before publication and knew right away it was going to be iconic. Yes, it’s a big giant face, something the literati tends to look down upon. But instead of over-styling it to […]





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