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Tue, February 21st, 2012
Could Coming Apart Pull Together Social Policy on Poor?
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I’ve been listening with keen interest to interviews with Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. In the last few weeks, he’s been interviewed by Robert Siegel of All Things Considered and Tom Ashbrook of On Point, both on NPR. In Coming Apart, Murray observes that the current generation of […]

Thu, January 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Fault in Our Stars
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Even without a visit to the boardwalk to consult your most reliable fortune teller, you might have guessed this week’s Book Trailer Thursday pick (though perhaps you should still make that trip for the popcorn and cotton candy–due to predicted snow in Chicago, Booklist‘s carrier pigeon snack delivery system has halted service). Coinciding with the […]

Tue, November 15th, 2011
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Chicago-Style!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you have anything remotely to do with kids’ lit in Chicago, get your butt over to the Harold Washington branch of the Chicago Public Library on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8pm in the Pritzer Auditorium, to experience the madness that is the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, the first in what is planned […]

Mon, October 3rd, 2011
Elizabeth and Hazel Show Unsentimentalized Complexity of Race Relations
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

Like most black Americans of the civil rights generation, I recognize the iconic photograph of Elizabeth Eckford in 1957 as she was taunted and threatened by white hecklers on her first day of school — the first day of school for nine black students at the newly desegregated Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School. The first […]

Tue, September 6th, 2011
He Did Nothing Wrong
Posted by: Brad Hooper

In July, my colleague Donna Seaman and I participated in ALA’s virtual conference. We were the lunchtime “entertainment.” We interviewed an author apiece, and we were each able to chose an author for whom we have great admiration; and “my” author was the distinguished historian David McCullough, author of, most recently, The Greater Journey, a […]

Mon, May 2nd, 2011
The Case of the Missing Author: Solved!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered […]

Fri, March 4th, 2011
More Louv
Posted by: Donna Seaman

It was a thrill to speak with Richard Louv about his new book, The Nature Principle, which builds on the findings he reported in the seminal Last Child in the Woods. Our conversation led to a Story behind the Story. I asked Richard about the role libraries can play in encouraging children and adults to spend […]

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Minority Report: The Other Wes Moore on Oprah
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

When a book is about an author’s compelling personal history, nothing brings the book alive as much as actually meeting the author or seeing them in an interview. Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, was a featured guest on a recent installment of The Oprah Show about people with […]

Wed, March 3rd, 2010
David Carnoy: Self-Publishing Is Minor-League — and That’s Good
Posted by: Keir Graff

Way back in December 2008, I wrote about an article by David Carnoy, called “Self-Publishing a Book: 25 Things You Need to Know.” An editor at CNET, he was sharing useful lessons he’d learned while self-publishing his novel, Knife Music. I checked in with him the following month, asking about his experience purchasing a book review from Kirkus Discoveries, […]

Tue, December 8th, 2009
Green Alert
Posted by: Donna Seaman

News reports claim that most Americans are not worried about or even interested in hearing about climate change. It ranks last on the list of  things that keep us up at night, long after job fears and money woes. But the truth is, everything is connected. Answers to financial crises are found in new green industries and […]

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