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Keir Graff and editors from Booklist's adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry

Archive for the 'Chicago' Category

Tue, May 6th, 2014
From the Archive: Charles Willeford
Posted by: Keir Graff

Walking down a sunny Chicago sidewalk moments ago, I found myself confronted yet again by smiling chuggers. If you don’t know what a chugger is, you probably don’t live in either a big city or a college town—the term is a shortening of “charity mugger.” These seemingly ubiquitous, clipboard-toting young people smile at you, compliment […]


Fri, February 21st, 2014
Poetry and Film: An Evening with Bidart and Franco (yes, that Franco)
Posted by: Courtney Jones

On Wednesday, February 19th, Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman, and editorial assistant Courtney Jones went to see poet Frank Bidart and actor James Franco discuss poetry and film at an event during the Chicago Humanities Festival. Here’s what they had to say: Donna says: Lots of literati have been making fun of James Franco’s venture into […]


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, […]


Fri, November 1st, 2013
More Than a Grim Statistic: Voices of Youth Violence
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Youth violence leaves everyone feeling helpless and heartbroken, emotional quagmires intensified in Chicago by the city’s notorious racial divide. For concerned Chicagoans living far from the stricken neighborhoods, the possibility of doing something productive seems remote at best. This is just how Miles Harvey, author of the best-selling The Island of Lost Maps (2000) and […]


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 […]


Mon, September 10th, 2012
Booklist Seeks Interns
Posted by: Keir Graff

Gain valuable publishing experience by becoming an intern for Booklist Publications in Chicago. For over a century, Booklist has helped more readers find more titles than any other publication. Published by the American Library Association, Booklist delivers over 8,000 recommended-only reviews of books, audiobooks, reference sources, videos, and DVDs each year. Spotlight issues provide coverage […]


Fri, June 8th, 2012
Booklist Editors at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest
Posted by: Keir Graff

Booklist editors will have a strong presence at this weekend’s Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. (Still shorthanded by most Chicagoans as “Printers Row.”) If you’re in town, we hope to see you there! (For your convenience, Booklisters are in boldface.) SATURDAY 11:45 a.m. “Young Adult Fiction: Young and Restless,” with Stephanie Hemphill, John Coy, Daniel Kraus, […]


Wed, May 16th, 2012
Power of the Word: “Leaders, read this!”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]


Wed, May 9th, 2012
Society of Midland Authors Awards
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last night, I attended the annual awards banquet of the venerable Society of Midland Authors. It was a modest crowd but a truly enjoyable evening—being in the company of people who value books and authors so highly has a way of raising my spirits. Master of ceremonies and prolific author Jay Bonansinga kept things light as […]


Wed, April 18th, 2012
A Different Kind of Geekery
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Here at Booklist, we’re well-established bookworms. I count myself among the best of them, as evidenced by the teetering pile of books on my nightstand, on my coffee table, and on the floor in front of my overflowing bookshelf. But when I ventured into The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2 for those in the […]





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