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Thu, July 24th, 2014
2014 Man Booker Longlist
Posted by: Sarah Grant

The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist, announced Wednesday, notably includes five Americans (if you count Irish/American Joseph O’Neill). Thanks to a recent rule change, this is the first time in 46 years that the prestigious fiction award has included writers from outside the U.K. and British Commonwealth. A shortlist of six contenders for the 50,000-pound ($85,000) prize will be […]

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 […]

Wed, May 28th, 2014
A tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Posted by: Donna Seaman

As news of Maya Angelou’s passing quickly spread, we find ourselves contemplating her tremendous accomplishments and universal resonance. The list of awards bestowed upon poet, writer, performer, professor, and activist Maya Angelou in recognition of her groundbreaking work and commanding persona is long and distinguished. Angelou received The National Medal of Freedom from President Obama […]

Tue, May 27th, 2014
Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention
Posted by: Pat Henshaw

GLBT romance came out of the erotica closet at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans in May 2014 to stand as its own entity, a legitimate romance subgenre. Canadian GLBTQ romance author Heidi Belleau explained, “Until recently, queer characters in books were either serial killers or dead people.”  Having them now be the heroes […]

Tue, May 13th, 2014
Twitching Teens and Status Symptoms: Megan Abbott and Katherine Howe Explore the Mysteries of Girls
Posted by: Keir Graff

Are Cheerleaders More Susceptible to Mass Psychogenic Illness? Imagine my surprise when my colleague Sarah Hunter, after reading my review of Megan Abbott’s magnificent The Fever, told me that its story was almost identical to a YA book she reviewed, Katherine Howe’s Conversion. Consider these two passages from our reviews, both published in the May 1 […]

Fri, April 18th, 2014
Remembering Gabriel García Márquez
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The world responded instantly to the news of the death of Gabriel García Márquez, a Nobel laureate and a writer read and cherished by millions of readers everywhere. High praise for the artistry and humanity of his 15 novels and short story collections, from his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, reviewed for the Washington Post  […]

Fri, December 6th, 2013
Minority Report: Knowing Mandela Was the Real Deal
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

My oldest son, now an adult, was a toddler when Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years imprisoned on Robben Island. I held my squirming son in my lap as I watched the historic occasion and tried to get him to watch, too. He was bored and distracted; I was stunned and mesmerized. Nelson Mandela […]

Wed, November 20th, 2013
Remembering Charlotte Zolotow
Posted by: Michael Cart

I first met the legendary editor/publisher/author Charlotte Zolotow, who has died at the age of 98, sometime in the late 1980s, when she was a guest on the cable television author interview program “In Print,” which I was hosting and co-producing at the time. I was all-a-tremble at the prospect, since I held her in […]

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, September 17th, 2013
2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry
Posted by: Keir Graff

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the 2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry. (Our coverage isn’t quite as excellent as it was for young people’s literature, alas.) American Amnesiac, by Diane Raptosh The Big Smoke, by Adrian Matejka Black Aperture, by Matt Rasmussen Bury My Clothes, by Roger Bonair-Agard Incarnadine: Poems, by Mary […]

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