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Keir Graff and editors from Booklist's adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry

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Thu, May 8th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Bellweather Rhapsody
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Michael Cart calls “Encore, encore” for today’s MM BTT, an adult mystery with YA-crossover appeal. In Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), twelve-year-old Minnie Graves witnesses a murder-suicide and, fifteen years later, returns to the scene of the crime–the Bellweather Hotel–for a music conference. From there, I’m told that “the book is in the […]


Tue, May 6th, 2014
From the Archive: Charles Willeford
Posted by: Keir Graff

Walking down a sunny Chicago sidewalk moments ago, I found myself confronted yet again by smiling chuggers. If you don’t know what a chugger is, you probably don’t live in either a big city or a college town—the term is a shortening of “charity mugger.” These seemingly ubiquitous, clipboard-toting young people smile at you, compliment […]


Mon, May 5th, 2014
2013 Agatha Awards
Posted by: Biz Hyzy

At their annual Washington, D. C. convention this past weekend, Malice Domestic announced the Agatha Award winners for books published in 2013. The Agatha Awards celebrate “traditional mysteries” written in the style of Agatha Christie, meaning they contain no explicit gore, sex, or violence. The winning titles are linked to Booklist reviews when available. BEST CONTEMPORARY […]


Thu, May 1st, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Abomination
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Mystery Month at Booklist has officially begun, and BTT is never one to sit out a dance. Jonathan Holt’s The Abomination, one of the Best Debut titles from Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott’s list of the Year’s Best Crime Novels, is but the first BTT of a five-Thursday Mystery Month. Prepare to be creeped […]


Thu, May 1st, 2014
Mystery Month: Don’t Miss It
Posted by: Keir Graff

Let’s just pretend three ne’er-do-well buddies from high school—you, the brains of the outfit; Deke, the brawn; and Moe, the mouth-breather—somehow managed to pull off, if not the crime of the century, then, at least, the crime of the last six years, robbing the cardboard-box factory at gunpoint, in broad daylight, on payroll-and-annual-bonus day. For […]


Thu, April 24th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Going Over
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Starred, as well as a Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth title, Beth Kephart’s Going Over (Chronicle) tells the story of starcrossed teen lovers in early 1980s, divided Berlin. Teens are sure to devour rebel Ada’s intricate tale, set in a not too distant, but complex and seldom written about, time in the world’s history.


Tue, April 22nd, 2014
PLA Book Buzz
Posted by: Joyce Saricks

Thanks to the brave souls who, as I requested in my column,  stopped by the Booklist booth at PLA in Indianapolis and shared what they were reading, listening to, and viewing. As you can see, there’s an eclectic mix of adult fiction to choose from, as well as a taste of nonfiction for adults, and some fiction […]


Fri, April 18th, 2014
Remembering Gabriel García Márquez
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The world responded instantly to the news of the death of Gabriel García Márquez, a Nobel laureate and a writer read and cherished by millions of readers everywhere. High praise for the artistry and humanity of his 15 novels and short story collections, from his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, reviewed for the Washington Post  […]


Thu, April 17th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

As I assume it does in all of your lives, taxidermy comes up every now and again during Booklist’s coffee breaks. Like the huggable or frightening stuffed animals themselves, the topic seems to contain no end of intriguing, curious unknowns, (the most unanswerable often being, of course, why?). See kittens get married and bunnies go […]


Thu, April 17th, 2014
ILA names new “Soon to be Famous” Author
Posted by: Rebecca

Librarians have not always been willing to embrace self-published authors. It’s hard to spend limited dollars on an unproven book, and when it’s an e-only title, it’s even harder to add the book to the collection. But we can’t ignore self-publishing for long—last year, self-published books made up 32% of the Amazon best-seller list.  How […]





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