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Thu, November 21st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday:11/22/63
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

On the day before the fiftieth anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, today’s book trailer borrows from the past–two years ago, to be precise–to feature Stephen King’s time-traveling novel of the event, 11/22/63. There’s no shortage of promo material online for readers who might have missed the lauded bestseller in 2011, or those who […]


Thu, November 21st, 2013
Word for Word: Good-Bye Alligators & Overcrowded Stilettos
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Behold! Here at last we reveal the identity of our mystery author, who dared to play mad libs with her own prose. The results, I think, speak for themselves! Truck drivers go missing every day. They slip out of bedroom feather dusters and into repulsive cars. The leave good-bye alligators or don’t get a chance […]


Thu, November 14th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Liliane’s Balcony
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Liliane’s Balcony, a part-prose, part-poetry novella of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home Fallingwater, is the subject of this week’s book trailer. Reviewer Katharine Fronk writes that author Parker “sculpts and controls myriad, nearly unwieldy elements to construct a driven plot that illuminates the perched house and those who live within it.” Pills, chills, and a […]


Thu, November 7th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Fosse
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

At over 700 pages, Sam Wasson’s new biography Fosse, our reviewer David Pitt writes, “feels like it ends too soon.” The book’s trailer confirms that Pitt is to be taken at his word. It seems woefully truncated at a whopping–in BTT land–5:33, and makes me wish for a feature-length film of Wasson acting as himself […]


Mon, November 4th, 2013
31 Horror Films in 31 Days 2013: The Soul-Swallowing Conclusion
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The 5th Annual 31 Horror Films in 31 Days challenge is now but matted red roadkill in my rear-view mirror. For the fourth year straight, I staggered across the finish line in a ghastly state, choking down film #31 mere minutes before the fateful witching hour. Now, of course, I find I cannot sleep, for […]


Thu, October 31st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Chain Saw Confidential
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s hard to beat this trailer’s own opening line in order to intro it, so I won’t try. In lieu of a Booklist review, I have some “chainsaw shenanigans” to share with you on this dark and stormy Halloween. That sounds almost cute, doesn’t it? More trick-or-treating advice from BTT.


Fri, October 25th, 2013
Flappers and Button Men: Touring the World of “Dollface”
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t usually write about book launches, but then again, the most interesting thing I could say about most book launches is that a lot of people stood around drinking cheap wine from plastic cups and wondering why the cheese is always cut into those little cubes. Last night, however, I joined a group of […]


Thu, October 24th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Afterlife with Archie
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book Trailer Thursday this October has gone a little like this: scary, scary, franco (thanks, C!). In other words, all horror all the time. And this week, I will not back down! But I will give you animated scary, in the form of this trailer for the new graphic novel Afterlife with Archie. This ain’t […]


Mon, October 14th, 2013
Remembering Oscar Hijuelos
Posted by: Bill Ott

Reading the news that Oscar Hijuelos has died at the far too young age of 62 has left me feeling saddened and deeply melancholic, two emotions that were always at the core of his books, from his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1983) through his breakthrough work, The Mambo Kings Play Songs […]


Thu, October 10th, 2013
Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Alice Munro, “master of the contemporary short story,” was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning. The Nobel Prize committee didn’t have much more than that to say, choosing instead to let her tremendous body of work do the heavy lifting.  Here’s a selection of some Booklist favorites, including her latest, Dear Life, which Munro has […]





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