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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 […]


Tue, September 17th, 2013
2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature
Posted by: Keir Graff

A day late and two dollars short (idiom adjusted for inflation), here is the 2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature, as announced by the National Book Foundation. Follow the links to read Booklist reviews of each title, when available. Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal […]


Fri, August 30th, 2013
R.I.P., Seamus Heaney
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Why are poets only in the news when they die? How I wish I heard the name Seamus Heaney this morning on the air waves because he had a new book coming out, or because he was reading poems at the United Nations, trying to bring some sense and sensibility to world affairs. Alas, the […]


Fri, July 19th, 2013
Pseudonymous
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

When I reviewed J. K Rowling’s book, The Casual Vacancy, in September, 2012 for Booklist Online, I noted Rowling said she’d considered publishing the book under a pseudonym. Had she done so, I wrote,  ”Rowling probably would have learned what it’s like to be a midlist author—unpublicized, unnoticed, and unhappy.” As everyone knows by now, Rowling did publish a detective […]


Wed, December 5th, 2012
Me and Oprah
Posted by: Donna Seaman

  It’s funny how, when you spend your life immersed in books, unbidden thoughts of a book can presage an event. We’ve been focusing here at Booklist on the best books of 2012 for our Editors Choice list, but a 2013 title kept popping up in my mind. This morning it surfaced again, and I found […]


Mon, July 16th, 2012
2012 Thriller Award Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2012 Thriller Awards were announced at ThrillerFest‘s “gala awards banquet” last Saturday night. (I’m taking “gala” on faith; I have yet to see a press release touting a “swell,” ”swank,” or “pretty nice” banquet.) Are you thrilled by the results? According to the Booklist reviews, Paul McEuen’s debut, Spiral, may have been the best of the […]





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