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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, 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Tue, September 10th, 2013
Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist
Posted by: Keir Graff

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced this morning. Please follow the links below to read the Booklist reviews of the contending titles. (Based on the reviews, we’d have to say Lahiri, Ozeki, and Tóibín are favorites—but we wouldn’t count out Crace, either!) Harvest, by Jim Crace The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri The […]


Mon, July 15th, 2013
2013 Thriller Awards
Posted by: Amye Day Ong

The suspense is finally over! The International Thriller Writers (ITW) gathered in Gotham last week for ThrillerFest VIII and capped off four days of pulse-pounding panel discussions with the announcement of their 2013 award winners. Thrillmaster Award Anne Rice, author 31 novels, including The Vampire Chronicles, Songs of the Seaphim, and the new Wolf Gift Chronicles. Silver Bullet […]


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 […]





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