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Thu, July 24th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Meet Zakir; he loves books. He’s also five years old, and maybe likes penguins. His interview style is…refreshingly offbeat. That’s pretty much all I know about him, though I’d certainly like to learn more. Here he is talking to author Mira Jacob about her debut novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random).


Fri, July 18th, 2014
Hostile Questions: Matt de la Pena
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

While perusing Matt de la Peña‘s bio (I investigate all my interviewees to learn their weak spots), I discovered that he went to college on a full basketball scholarship. Well, whoopty-doo! Allow me to phrase this in a way that Mr. de la Peña will understand. He may think he’s burst off the baseline of […]


Thu, July 17th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Travels with Casey
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Have you ever wondered, What is it about Americans and their dogs? Well, so did Benoit Denizet-Lewis–and he wrote a book about it. Out next week, Travels with Casey (Simon & Schuster) follows Denizet-Lewis and his dog on a four-month, cross-country journey to explore the close relationship between humans and dogs (and work on their […]


Fri, July 11th, 2014
Marrying Mr. Darcy: Will Janeites’ Wishes Come True?
Posted by: Karen Doornebos

But We Do Wish for Cards On a summer afternoon not too long ago, a party of five ladies from The Jane Austen Society of North America’s Greater Chicago Region, some in bonnets, gathered to play a game of cards. No, it wasn’t whist, loo, vignt-et-un, or any of the other card games popular during Austen’s […]


Mon, July 7th, 2014
Read, White, and Blue
Posted by: Katharine

Fresh off return flights from Annual Conference in Las Vegas (“fresh” in the most generous sense as many of our planes were delayed—and one was even rerouted through Milwaukee!), we returned to the Booklist offices last week realizing that Independence Day was upon us. What else could we do but take up scissors, secure construction paper, […]


Thu, July 3rd, 2014
Walter Dean Myers, 1937-2014
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Booklist columnist Michael Cart shared the following tribute to the late National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: A giant of young adult literature has left us. Walter Dean Myers, prolific author of more than 100 books in a variety of forms and genres, was 76 at the time of his death, following a short illness, on […]


Thu, July 3rd, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Afterworlds
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Booklist reviewer Cindy Welch says Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds (Simon Pulse), today’s BTT, will have librarians grinning in delight, and not just because they can’t keep the book-within-a-book on shelves. Read Cindy’s starred, high-demand review to find out why, and watch and share the slick trailer, below.


Thu, June 26th, 2014
Macavity Award Nominees 2014
Posted by: Chris Francis

Mystery readers may like to stay in the dark, guessing until the gripping climax, but now it’s time to reveal the Macavity Award nominees! The nominees are determined by Mystery Readers Journal subscribers and members of Mystery Readers International, who vote for their favorite mysteries of the year. The winners will be announced at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Long […]


Tue, June 24th, 2014
See You in Las Vegas?
Posted by: Sarah Grant

Booklisters are packing their bags for ALA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Are you going, too? We hope you’ll make time for some of the following events! Michael L. Printz Program and Reception This year’s program honors Marcus Sedgwick, 2014 Michael L. Printz winner for Midwinterblood, and Printz Honor Book authors Rainbow Rowell, Susann Cokal, […]


Thu, June 19th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Having So Much Fun Here without You
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

According to Booklist reviewer Kate Soto, Courtney Maum’s debut I Am Having So Much Fun Here without You (Touchstone) “deftly captures a thirtysomething’s sense of grief for the lost passion of youth.” The book’s trailer strikes me as capturing that very same mood; what do you think? Watch and decide.





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