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Mon, August 25th, 2014
Coming Soon: The Booklist Reader
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s going to be pretty quiet here at Likely Stories for the next couple of weeks—but that’s because big changes are in the works. After 8 long years and nearly 2,200 posts (over half of them written by yours truly), the blog is about to undergo major surgery. Actually, ALL of the Booklist blogs—Likely Stories, […]


Thu, August 21st, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Earth Space Moon Base
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

If you, or a reader you know, are in the mood for a scary/silly outer-space treat, look no further than today’s BTT for picture-book debut Earth Space Moon Base (Random). The bleepy-boingy soundtrack and effects are sure to cause giggles in children of all ages.


Mon, August 18th, 2014
The Hugo Awards Winners and Nominations
Posted by: Sarah Grant

The winners of the Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, were announced yesterday, in London. See the nominations and winners below, with booklist reviews linked when available. If you’re wondering why there aren’t many links, most of the nominees are shorter works originally published in periodicals and thus ineligible for Booklist review. Best Novel Ancillary […]


Thu, August 14th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: International Night
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In addition to writing about food, (and so many other subjects!), Mark Kurlansky has found the time, for the last few years, to plan and create weekly elaborate meals with his 13 year-old daughter, Talia. Their literal spin on the tradition is to prepare cuisine from the precise location Talia’s finger lands on a spun […]


Tue, August 12th, 2014
September 2014 LibraryReads
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

September LibraryReads are here! Here are the ten books, all publishing in the month of September, that participating librarians across the country loved and want to share with readers. Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Stories from the Crematory achieved top honors as the month’s favorite. Check out all ten September titles […]


Thu, August 7th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Like any good true-crime author, Jeff Cohen really gets into the mind of the perps in his shocking book-length exposé, Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! (Harper). Conveniently, the squeaky-voiced “criminals” are his own adorable daughters: Sadie, the elder and reported wielder of scissors, and Eva, owner/occupant of the curly blond locks that, […]


Thu, July 31st, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Rumble
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Ellen Hopkins, author of wildly popular novels in verse for teens, focuses in her latest, Rumble (Simon & Schuster), on faith and spirituality. The book’s dramatic trailer shows glimpes of the troubled protagonist and his brother’s suicide. Booklist reviewer Debbie Carton writes, “Hopkins’ novel taps into common themes of contemporary teen life, with dialogue and […]


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).


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 […]


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 […]





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