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Wed, July 21st, 2010
I Write Like James Ellroy, Who Writes Like David Foster Wallace
Posted by: Keir Graff

So this I Write Like thing has gone viral. Using a simple tool, people can have their writing analyzed and learn whether they write like Margaret Atwood or Stephen King. And it was only a matter of time before writers played with it, too. The results are amusing: Margaret Atwood, it turns out, writes like Stephen King. (The Huffington […]


Fri, July 9th, 2010
Weeklings, I Mean, Monthlings: From First Editions to E-Readers to Fox News Chicago
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been so long since I wrote a Weeklings that this is really a Monthlings–and that’s being charitable. Here are a few of the things I’ve read recently that have lodged in my brain…due to the length of this post, I have introduced subject headings. First Editions Much as I covet first editions, I only […]


Thu, July 8th, 2010
The Future of Book Reviewing—Now Available on MP3
Posted by: Keir Graff

I had a great time moderating “Everyone’s a Critic: The Future of Book Reviewing” at ALA’s annual conference in Washington, DC. I don’t need to issue a spoiler alert before telling you that we neither solved all the problems facing book reviewers, nor can we possibly have predicted the future of book reviewing with perfect accuracy. […]


Thu, July 1st, 2010
W. S. Merwin Gives up Paradise for Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Donna Seaman

William Stanley Merwin’s poems are fully meshed in nature, and he lives his passion for the verdant world in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered plants. The profound connection between green entities and the poet is indicated in the title of the first collection of Merwin’s I reviewed, Flower & Hand. This launched my apprenticeship to this exemplary observer of […]


Mon, June 21st, 2010
Join Us as We Explore…the Future of Book Reviewing!
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you’re coming to the American Library Association’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC (and if you haven’t decided yet, you’d better hurry), please be sure to add the Booklist Online program, “Everyone’s a Critic: The Future of Book Reviewing” to your calendar. It will be held Saturday, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the […]


Tue, April 20th, 2010
Stocking School Libraries
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Colleen Mondor is one of Booklist’s many ardent, expert, and versatile freelance reviewers. I rely on Colleen to cover all kinds of topical nonfiction, with a strong emphasis on books about nature and environmental concerns and Alaska, where she lived for a decade or so after college. Colleen grew up in Florida, not far from […]


Thu, April 8th, 2010
Green Alert
Posted by: Donna Seaman

April brings Earth Day and The Orion Book Award .  Established in 2007, the award celebrates books “that deepen our connection to the natural world, present new ideas about our relationship with nature, and achieve excellence in writing.” I served as chair of the selection committee last year, and had I served this year, I would have nominated several of […]


Wed, March 17th, 2010
A Bestseller with Heart: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Back in December, in Booklist‘s Spotlight on Sci-Tech, we featured Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life  of Henrietta Lacks, a powerful chronicle of the life of the woman who, unbeknownst to her, gave the world  HeLa cells, the first “immortal” human cells grown in a lab, cells that have made countless medical advances possible for the last five […]


Tue, February 16th, 2010
Lucille Clifton, R.I.P.: A Poet Sails On
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Messages began to accumulate like snow online over the weekend as the chilling news of poet Lucille Clifton’s death began to travel from one poetry lover to another. I feel bereft as so many others do because Clifton was the sort of poet who spoke to everyone about everything that matters with unfailing clarity, conviction, and […]


Tue, January 26th, 2010
National Book Critics Circle Announces 2009 Nominees
Posted by: Courtney Jones

On Saturday, the National Book Critics Circle gave nods to the best in fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, poetry, and criticism, including Booklist’s own Donna Seaman. For the complete list of finalists, visit the NBCC’s blog. Winners will be announced on March 11.





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