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Mon, June 16th, 2014
True Confessions: V.C. Andrews Made Me the Librarian I am Today
Posted by: Rebecca

This year, Lifetime Television began producing movie versions of V.C. Andrews’ “classic” tales in the Dollanganger series, starting with Flowers in the Attic. I don’t have cable, but was lucky enough to be on a business trip at the time, which meant, yay, hotel cable! (My unfortunate husband was roped into watching it with me, […]


Tue, May 27th, 2014
Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention
Posted by: Pat Henshaw

GLBT romance came out of the erotica closet at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans in May 2014 to stand as its own entity, a legitimate romance subgenre. Canadian GLBTQ romance author Heidi Belleau explained, “Until recently, queer characters in books were either serial killers or dead people.”  Having them now be the heroes […]


Tue, December 4th, 2012
Self-Help Books and Me
Posted by: Keir Graff

Booklist‘s December 1 Spotlight on Science and Health, now live on Booklist Online, has me thinking about self-help books. After all, many self-help books offer, or purport to offer, the science of health—tools for assessment that, if acted upon, can improve the reader’s physical or mental well-being. We don’t review a lot of self-help books […]


Wed, May 16th, 2012
Power of the Word: “Leaders, read this!”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]


Tue, January 10th, 2012
Walter Dean Myers on Being The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Walter Dean Myers spoke with NPR this morning about his new appointment as The Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. I loved his quote that “reading is not optional,” along with his emphasis on the importance of reading to very young children. Also great is his anecdote about his own early reading […]


Wed, October 19th, 2011
Secrets from My Shelves: Ghost Story
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) Look at this thing. Just look at it. This thing is a battered piece of crap. To the trash […]


Tue, October 18th, 2011
Two Authors, Double the Fun
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Step one, read Saul Bellow’s lengthy masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March. That is this fall’s selection for One Book, One Chicago, the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Public Library program. I read Augie March years ago, and was amazed to find that I remembered most vividly the sections set in Mexico, and recalled little […]


Tue, September 20th, 2011
More Book Crimes
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Earlier this year, my esteemed colleague Dan Kraus wrote a manifesto (My 2011 YA Wishlist) outlining the seven things we need to see less of in teen fiction. Well, in the spirit of making this a regular feature around here, here’s another report from what we’ll be calling the Booklist Book Crimes division. Think of it […]


Mon, August 1st, 2011
Keir’s Reading Resolution: Shane, by Jack Schaefer
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last Friday, having finished my assigned reading, I found myself faced with a very rare situation: I had nothing to read on the way home from work. I scanned my office shelves looking for something on my New Year’s resolution reading list. Inexplicably in the mood for a western, I was hoping I had a […]


Tue, June 28th, 2011
Minority Report: Broader Perspectives for Young Black Men
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

With the frenzy of another school year ended, I’ve had the time to reflect on the past year – one where I was fortunate enough to be able to send both my sons abroad. The 8th grader went to Barcelona with his Spanish class, the college senior went to Tanzania in a semester abroad program. […]





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