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Thu, April 3rd, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Lowland
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

With just a few days to go until the announcement of the 2014 Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlist, we’re turning the BTT spotlight on another of the longlist titles. Of Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s fourth book The Lowland (Knopf), Donna Seaman writes, “Lahiri attains new heights of artistry—flawless transparency, immersive intimacy with […]


Fri, March 28th, 2014
Booklist Editor Donna Seaman Moonlights for a Better Earth
Posted by: Keir Graff

How Donna Seaman does it, I’ll never know. In addition to her prodigious reviewing load for Booklist, our adult books senior editor finds time for many fascinating outside projects. In what is merely her most recent, she guest-edited the spring issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, reading nearly 450 essays submitted for the theme “The Human Face […]


Thu, March 27th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Do you know where you’ve seen (or in some cases, heard) Judy Greer before? Well, she doesnt, and she wrote a book about it. In the Booklist review of I Don’t Know What You Know Me From (Doubleday), Kristine Huntley writes, “Greer’s bubbly best-friend personality and self-deprecating anecdotes will have readers rooting for her, and […]


Thu, March 20th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Hugo Marston series
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Here’s something a little different: one trailer for a whole series. Watch Mark Pryor very very seriously discuss, in finely accented English, his very very serious methods for trailering his Hugo Marston series (The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, and this year’s The Blood Promise, from Prometheus/Seventh Street). “I even went to the trouble of sacrificing […]


Fri, March 14th, 2014
2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards
Posted by: Biz Hyzy

Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners for their 2013 book awards. Booklist reviews of the winning titles are included below where available. If you want to learn more about the awards (including the finalists in each category) or see some photos of the winning authors at the awards ceremony, visit NBCC’s blog. […]


Thu, March 13th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Signature of All Things
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things (Viking) is the third Carnegie-longlist title to be featured on BTT. Joanne Wilkinson writes, “Gilbert, in supreme command of her material, effortlessly invokes the questing spirit of the nineteenth century, when amateur explorers, naturalists, and enthusiasts were making major contributions to progress. Beautifully written and imbued with a […]


Thu, March 6th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Hope Is a Ferris Wheel
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The Booklist review of Robin Herrera’s Hope Is a Ferris Wheel (Abrams/Amulet) touts the debut novel’s delightful narrator and “unique supporting cast.” Here they are adorably animated in the book’s trailer, which features BTT’s first trailer (home) within a trailer (book). Girl with blue hair starts a school book club and finds solace and solidary […]


Wed, March 5th, 2014
Don’t miss Booklist at PLA 2014!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Exhibits for this year’s Public Library Association (PLA) conference open at 4 p.m. next Wednesday in Indianapolis. Will you be there? Booklist editors Bill Ott, Gillian Engberg, Brad Hooper, Donna Seaman, Rebecca Vnuk, Ilene Cooper, Joyce Saricks, and Keir Graff (that’s me) will be. Demands on your time will be many, but we hope you’ll […]


Thu, February 20th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Boys in the Boat
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Turn on your TV and flip to NBC. Now, dial it back 77 years, six months and a few days. Set the antennae about 60 degrees to the… What, your TV doesn’t do that? Did you try kicking the side of it? Switching off then on again? You should probably get that fixed, but luckily […]


Thu, February 20th, 2014
Word for Word: That’s Dude
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The curtain is lifted! Revealed below is the identity of the latest author who trudged into the unknown to play mad libs with his own book. As always, it wasn’t pretty. I was 45 years old when I saw my first kite. It wasn’t my goose Oslo’s. It was a stocking who looked to have […]





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