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Wed, September 21st, 2011
Poet Kay Ryan officially a “genius.”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Although Booklist has enthusiastically reviewed books by the newly designated MacArthur “genius” long form journalist Peter Hessler, most recently, Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory, this year’s MacArthur Fellows include only one instantly recognizable literary name, that of poet Kay Ryan, a former poet laureate. I’ll never forget the first time I […]


Fri, September 9th, 2011
Ripple Effects: 9/11
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The media is covering the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with feverish intensity, making the most of first-person accounts, newly released audiotape, and miles of video footage. These stories rekindle the visceral horror and abiding grief of the attacks, but provide only fleeting opportunities for reflection. Books are designed for deeper immersion and quiet thinking. In […]


Wed, April 20th, 2011
Slippery Anniversary
Posted by: Donna Seaman

It’s been a year–a very, very rough year in many, many ways, since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men, injured 17 others, and resulted in millions of gallons of oil geysering into the sea over the course of a 3-month tragicomedy of corporate error and outrages. We’ve […]


Thu, March 17th, 2011
Steven Kroll, R.I.P.
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Steven Kroll has died (“Steven Kroll, an Author of Children’s Books, Dies at 69,” by Dennis Hevesi, New York Times). From history to Hanukkah, Kroll wrote about it all. The author of 96 (96!) books for children, he started his career at Chatto and Windus publishing house in London and moved to Holt, Rinehart and Winston […]


Wed, February 16th, 2011
Margaret McElderry and Janet Schulman, R.I.P.
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

In 1997, Booklist hosted a party for Margaret McElderry on the occasion of her 50th year in publishing. She also did an interview with us in which she reminisced about her long and storied career: how she was initially was told by a career counselor she had nothing to offer publishing; the camaraderie she enjoyed […]


Wed, February 9th, 2011
Brian Jacques, R.I.P.
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Before the Harry Potter books—and after them, too—there was the Redwall series (The Sable Quean, 2010), over 20 books set in different eras and different parts of the Mossflower woods and featuring the robust cast of characters who inhabited them. Jacques’ death on February 5th (“Brian Jacques, Writer of Redwall Series, Dies at 71,” by […]


Fri, October 1st, 2010
Weeklings: Virginia Quarterly Review, E-books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Much of the media coverage of the suicide of Kevin Morrissey, the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s managing editor, was downright sensationalistic, teasing out allegations that he may have been driven to it by the bullying of his boss, editor Ted Genoways. Now, in Slate, Emily Bazelon’s “Tragedy at the Virginia Quarterly Review” offers a more nuanced and […]


Fri, September 24th, 2010
Weeklings: Author-Critic Creatures, Milton in the Headlines, a Supposed Stigma, the Present Tense, and Too-Easy Reading
Posted by: Keir Graff

On the Guardian‘s Books Blog, Lesley McDowell writes about writers who are reviewers, and reviewers who are writers–and, honestly, I would have no idea what one of those looks like: It’s a strange hybrid, this author-critic creature. I can’t think of another art form where the “practitioner” and the critic overlap like this. Where are […]


Fri, September 3rd, 2010
Weeklings: E-Readers and Self-Publishers (The Usual Suspects)
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Department of I’m Shocked, Shocked, NPR reports that the NYTRB is mostly by and about white males (“Are ‘The New York Times’ Book Reviews Fair?“). Also on NPR.org (“Books Have Many Futures,” although I couldn’t find audio), Linton Weeks presents this amusing scenario: Other types of books are not only meant to be […]


Fri, August 20th, 2010
Weeklings: E-books, E-books, E-books . . . Aieeee!
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s a headline that will hearten the e-evangelists and terrify the p-book lovers: “Mass Paperback Publisher Goes All-Digital” (Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, Wall Street Journal). In response to declining sales, struggling Dorchester Publishing announced that it will print books on electrons, not paper. Publishers Weekly (“Dorchester Drops Mass Market Publishing for E-Book/POD Model,” by Jim Milliot) added […]





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