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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

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Mon, July 14th, 2014
August 2014 LibraryReads
Posted by: Caroline Lynch

The votes are in, ladies and gents! LibraryReads has posted the latest list of books librarians loved reading and couldn’t wait to share. One Kick, by Chelsea Cain, has been voted the favorite among books published in the month of August. The full top ten follows, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Our take on some […]


Thu, June 26th, 2014
Simon & Schuster Expands Library E-book Lending
Posted by: Keir Graff

As ALA’s Annual Conference gets under way in Las Vegas, ALA President Barbara Stripling welcomed the news that Simon & Schuster will convert its pilot library ebook lending program to serve all U.S. libraries: “Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries […]


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, […]


Thu, June 23rd, 2011
My Poetry Experience Not Lyrical
Posted by: Keir Graff

This morning I attended the dedication ceremony for the new Poetry Foundation headquarters building (which Blair Kamin gave a great review in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune). My presence was due to a trickle-down invitation: several higher-ups at ALA had been invited first but, as they were already en route to New Orleans and I’m not leaving until tomorrow, […]


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 […]


Fri, July 16th, 2010
Cory Doctorow and I Narrate “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
Posted by: Keir Graff

…along with 299 other people. (Cory Doctorow, thanks for lending your celebrity to this blog post!) As anyone who read “Do-It-Yourself Audiobooks” knows, I’m in love with the sound of my own voice. (The problem is finding other people who love that sound, too.) Give me a microphone and a script, and I’ll narrate anything. Heck, I’ll […]


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 […]


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 […]


Thu, January 21st, 2010
Minority Report: Library is the New Cool
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I was thrilled to read the review of This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson and see how the image of librarians may be shifting into cool. Anybody who loves books and libraries doesn’t need to be convinced that librarians are cool. I particularly hope the news […]


Thu, July 30th, 2009
“I’d say ‘throw the book at that kid’ – but he would just read it.”
Posted by: Keir Graff

I hereby encourage The Daily Show and The Colbert Report to increase their coverage of publishing and library news, that I may have an excuse to watch them during the work day. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Nailed ‘Em – Library Crime www.colbertnation.com





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