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Thu, June 12th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Animal Madness
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s been a few weeks without an animal-themed post at BTT, and we are beginning to feel short of breath. To the rescue is Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, by Laurel Braitman (Simon & Schuster). Reviewer Nancy Bent calls Braitman’s findings fascinating, and the trailer […]


Wed, June 11th, 2014
In Memoriam: Frances Foster
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

It’s with great sadness that we join the community of mourners for editor Frances Foster, who passed away last Sunday at age 83, following a long illness. During her 50-year career in children’s publishing, Frances shaped and nurtured the work of a remarkable and eclectic roster of talents, including Leo Lionni, Phillip Pullman, Kate Banks, […]


Thu, June 5th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Claire of the Sea Light
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

With just a few weeks to go until two of the six Carnegie Medal for Excellence shortlist titles are announced as winners, this week’s BTT features one of the three fiction offerings: Edwidge Danticat’s Claire of the Sea Light (Knopf). Reviewer Vanessa Bush writes that the book’s interlocking stories “flow beautifully one into another, all […]


Thu, May 29th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Good Girl
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

We’ve reached the end of our #MysteryMonth of Book Trailer Thursdays, but not before we go out on a creepy note. Rebecca Vnuk says that Mary Kubica’s debut thriller, The Good Girl (Harlequin MIRA), “will have readers guessing what’s really going on until the final pages.” In the case of this trailer, it’s the final […]


Thu, May 22nd, 2014
2013 Nebula Awards Winners
Posted by: Sarah Grant

Congratulations to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America’s 2013 Nebula Awards winners—the best of Science Fiction and Fantasy last year. Below are the winning titles. Novel Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie Novella “The Weight of the Sunrise,” by Vylar Kaftan Novelette  “The Waiting Stars,” by Aliette de Bodard Short Story “If You Were a […]


Thu, May 22nd, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Three
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Booklist reviewer David Pitt calls horror thriller The Three (Little, Brown) a “very creepy, very effective novel,” displaying the author’s stroke-of-genius use of an oral-history format to tell the story of The Three: the mysterious, only survivors of four simultaneous worldwide plane crashes. Tune in next week for the last remaining #mysterymonth BTT!


Tue, May 20th, 2014
Share Your #MysteryMonth Reading, Win a Year of Booklist!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery Month is rolling right along, and now it’s time for you to get into the act! From now until midnight on Thursday, May 22, share a picture of the mystery you’re currently reading (or listening to), and you will have a chance to win a free year of Booklist, Booklist Online, and Book Links. Just tweet a […]


Fri, May 16th, 2014
Mystery Mom: Growing up with a Crime Novelist
Posted by: Biz Hyzy

Editor’s note: Biz Hyzy recently completed an internship for Booklist. Do mystery writers become hyper-aware of danger because they constantly write about it, or do people with danger-prone imaginations become mystery writers? I’m not sure one precedes another. Instead, I believe both are manifestations of a person’s personality. And, as the daughter of mystery author Julie […]


Fri, May 9th, 2014
The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond
Posted by: Ben Segedin

Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade Born in 1894, Samuel Dashiell Hammett lived until 1961. As a young man he worked as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, an experience that provided him with plenty of material for his future work as a writer of detective fiction. He served briefly in the U.S. Army […]


Thu, May 8th, 2014
Booklist Seeks Interns for Fall 2014
Posted by: Keir Graff

Gain valuable publishing experience by becoming an intern for Booklist Publications in Chicago! We will be accepting applications until May 31 for two positions starting in September. For over a century, Booklist has helped more readers find more titles than any other publication. Published by the American Library Association, Booklist delivers more than 8,000 recommended-only […]





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