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Wed, July 8th, 2009
Launch Party in Chicago for Bill Ott’s Back Page Book
Posted by: Keir Graff

Everyone coming to Chicago for ALA’s Annual Conference this week undoubtedly has a full schedule already–but here’s a late-breaking, must-attend event: a launch party, sponsored by Time Out Chicago, for Bill Ott’s brand-new book, The Back Page. Bill, who is of course Editor and Publisher of Booklist, will be interviewed live on stage by Frank Sennett, Editor-in-Chief of Time […]

Wed, June 3rd, 2009
Aleksandar Hemon and Jacob Weisberg Not Quite on the Same Page
Posted by: Keir Graff

I am so sick of “death of publishing” articles, so tired of talking about the ridiculously oversimplified “print versus web” argument that I could spit. (But I won’t, because Mama Graff didn’t raise no spitter.) So what did I do last night? Why, I hied myself down to “The Future of the Book: A Conversation on […]

Fri, April 24th, 2009
Judith Krug: Readers’ Champion
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

When Judith Krug died on April 11, the children’s and young adult literature communities lost both a tireless supporter and a defender. As the director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom and the founder of Banned Books Week, Judith was on the front lines helping libraries keep books in their collections, everything from Harry Potter to […]

Thu, February 12th, 2009
Featherproof Not Featherweight
Posted by: Keir Graff

A new, old idea. The old part: books by subscription. The new part: limited editions based on the number of subscribers. Tiny (but scrappy) Chicago publisher featherproof now has its first imprint, paper egg. (Bring back uppercase letters, say I . . . wait a minute . . . bring back copyeditors who enforce consistent […]

Wed, February 11th, 2009
The Tomes They Are a-Changin’
Posted by: Keir Graff

Just asking: when did tome become synonymous with book? I ask because, in a Chicago Tribune article about the Kindle yesterday, the writer stated how many “tomes” the device could carry. Talk about a tin ear for the English language. My trusty Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (though a print artifact, only marginally a tome) […]

Fri, January 16th, 2009
Catalog Socials at the Chicago Underground Library
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you’re in or around Chicago, be advised that the Chicago Underground Library has, ahem, gone . . . overground (“Library of obcure Chicago literature opens,” by Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune): Underground Library co-founder and director Nell Taylor describes some of the collection’s more esoteric items: Poetry: Gwendolyn Brooks chapbooks ? “It’s a group of […]

Thu, December 4th, 2008
I’m Still Waiting for Someone to Invent Beef Jerky Incense
Posted by: Keir Graff

Though I try to keep an eye on the poetry beat, my efforts are woefully inadequate. Today I’ll do better. In Donna Seaman’s review of Kevin Coval’s Everyday People in the December 1 issue of Booklist, it caught my eye when Donna noted that the white, Jewish, suburban-raised hip-hop poet’s works contain “beef jerky and sandalwood incense.” And if […]

Fri, October 10th, 2008
. . . and when they announced the first runner-up, we all started screaming!
Posted by: Keir Graff

  Since I’m surrounded by crime fiction writers, I guess the moment is right to reveal that a piece of my own crime fiction, the short story, “Untitled,” was the second runner-up in Time Out Chicago‘s “Chicago Crime Writers Competition.” The first round was judged by Random House/Vintage Books editorial staff, and Michael Harvey (The Fifth Floor, […]

Wed, August 27th, 2008
Video That Makes You Want to Read
Posted by: Keir Graff

There are a lot of crap book trailers out there, but this one works really well. Yes, I may be partial because it’s set in Chicago, but no, I don’t know the author, even though I’ve just discovered that I’ll be reading with him at the Book Cellar on Wednesday, September 17. I had mixed […]

Thu, June 5th, 2008
Booklist Goes 3 for 50 in NewCity; Printers Row Looks More Than Fair
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, this is cool. I’m pleased to find myself in very good company–alongside Booklist associate editor Donna Seaman and Booklist reviewer Mark Eleveld, to name two–in the NewCity Lit 50, published to coincide with the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair. And speaking of Printers Row, if you’re in Chicago and you’re planning to attend, you can […]

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