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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, May 29th, 2012
Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box,” Tweet by Tweet
Posted by: Donna Seaman

I’ve been a Jennifer Egan fan since her first book, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995, so I was thrilled at the triumph of her most recent novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. It was Booklist‘s 2011 Top of the List, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Rumor has […]


Mon, February 20th, 2012
Small Demons: How would you use this?
Posted by: Rebecca

How many times have you taken note of fleeting details in a book you’re reading? I know when I read The Girl who Played with Fire, I found myself chuckling every time Billy’s Pan Pizza was mentioned, and simply laughed out loud at the details of Liz Salander’s IKEA furnishings—at one point, I thought I […]


Fri, October 7th, 2011
Depp as Seuss?
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Following his film role as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Johnny Depp (or, rather, his production company) has just announced that he’s planning a biopic about Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), with the strong possibility that he will star as the Cat in the Hat’s creator. Is the children’s book author biopic […]


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 […]


Fri, February 18th, 2011
The perfect spokesperson for the Byook? Bjork
Posted by: Keir Graff

I received an e-mail yesterday about the Byook, which promises a “new reading experience.” Given that claims of revolutionary new reading experiences are becoming increasingly common, I’ll let history be the judge.  I’m just excited to have a new another made-up word to add to my list of unfavorites: vook, blook, wovel, poegel . . . and now […]


Mon, January 3rd, 2011
My 2011 YA Wishlist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The Booklist hallway. Where are we?  Off writing our 2011 manifestos. It is entirely possible that we in the Booklist youth brigade read more YA books than anyone else in the freakin’ world. You can’t do this and not start to feel a pang of despair when you’ve seen the same plot device, character quirk, […]


Wed, January 27th, 2010
Won’t Anyone Please Think of the Comics?
Posted by: Ian Chipman

So, the iPad is here (yes yes, total namefail) and all the geeks are mad because it does what everyone’s been conjecturing it’ll do for months if not years, but fails to do anything that no one thought of. Do people think that Apple has people coming up with ideas from different dimensions? Is it supposed […]


Sun, January 17th, 2010
From Android Karenina to Huckleberry Fang
Posted by: Keir Graff

And to think it all started with a plucky little mash-up called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In her review, Mary Ellen Quinn asked, with tongue firmly in cheek, “What’s next? Wuthering Heights and Werewolves?” Not a bad guess, but the next offering was actually Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Since the public’s appetite for good […]


Mon, December 28th, 2009
Blurbs: A Topic That Just Keeps on Giving
Posted by: Keir Graff

In “What’s the Point of Blurbs?” Daniel Kalder provides a nice entry in the Guardian‘s continuing coverage of blurbs, building on the work of Chris Power (“How to Judge a Book by Its Cover,” which mentions Irvine Welsh, as Kalder does) and William Leith (“Blurb Your Enthusiasm,” which mentions Nick Hornby, as Kalder does)–but couldn’t he have just blurbed […]





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