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Mon, May 2nd, 2011
The Case of the Missing Author: Solved!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered […]

Thu, January 20th, 2011
Fiction Reviewers Wanted
Posted by: Keir Graff

( . . . and we sure don’t say that very often.) Booklist seeks experienced fiction reviewers with critical acumen and knowledge of public-library audience. E-mail writing samples (preferably published work) and reviewing preferences (general, crime, historical fiction) to Joanne Wilkinson, editor at large, at Good luck!

Mon, January 3rd, 2011
My 2011 YA Wishlist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The Booklist hallway. Where are we?  Off writing our 2011 manifestos. It is entirely possible that we in the Booklist youth brigade read more YA books than anyone else in the freakin’ world. You can’t do this and not start to feel a pang of despair when you’ve seen the same plot device, character quirk, […]

Wed, November 17th, 2010
More about Harlan Coben Than Is Strictly Necessary
Posted by: Keir Graff

Three years ago, I made a public vow (well, it appeared on this blog, anyway) to read a book by Harlan Coben. I had read a profile of him in the Atlantic (“Paperback Writer,” by Eric Konigsberg) that, while not damning him as some have damned James Patterson, did portray Coben as being a guy who cared as […]

Tue, November 16th, 2010
Sterling’s Gold Does Not Glitter
Posted by: Keir Graff

Headlines also considered: Sterling’s Gold Lacks Luster; Sterling’s Gold Slightly Tarnished; Sterling’s Gold a Cheap Alloy; Sterling’s Gold Fools No One; Sterling’s Gold Merely Iron Pyrite; Sterling’s Gold Is No Gem; Sterling’s Gold Lacks Eureka Moments; and you get the idea. Opportunities for metallurgical wordplay abound with the pun-tastically titled Sterling’s Gold: Wit & Wisdom […]

Thu, November 11th, 2010
Zone, by Mathias Enard
Posted by: Keir Graff

so I have here on my desk the uncorrected proof of Zone, by Mathias Enard, which will be published December 14 by Open Letter although, really, it seems that Zone Books would have been a more appropriate publisher but anyway, the book concerns a French-born Croat intelligence officer who takes a train from Milan to […]

Wed, September 29th, 2010
IC-SPAN: Reading Obama’s Wars on the iPad
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

In reviewing Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars, I made my first foray into the world of e-books. First times are never all that pleasurable, are they? Getting the book online was a no-brainer. Obama’s Wars was embargoed and it would be faster to get it Monday morning first thing than wait for the stores to […]

Fri, September 24th, 2010
Weeklings: Author-Critic Creatures, Milton in the Headlines, a Supposed Stigma, the Present Tense, and Too-Easy Reading
Posted by: Keir Graff

On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Lesley McDowell writes about writers who are reviewers, and reviewers who are writers–and, honestly, I would have no idea what one of those looks like: It’s a strange hybrid, this author-critic creature. I can’t think of another art form where the “practitioner” and the critic overlap like this. Where are […]

Fri, September 3rd, 2010
Weeklings: E-Readers and Self-Publishers (The Usual Suspects)
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Department of I’m Shocked, Shocked, NPR reports that the NYTRB is mostly by and about white males (“Are ‘The New York Times’ Book Reviews Fair?“). Also on (“Books Have Many Futures,” although I couldn’t find audio), Linton Weeks presents this amusing scenario: Other types of books are not only meant to be […]

Fri, July 23rd, 2010
Weeklings: Tess Gerritsen, Orlando Figes, Patrick Bateman, Shirley Jackson, and Nancy Pearl
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Murderati, Tess Gerritsen asks, “Why the hell won’t they review my book?!!!” and pretty much answers her own question. My visit to the Inquirer was a sobering look at how tough newspapers have it these days, trying to keep up with all they have to cover.  Every author wants attention, but one look at […]

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