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Fri, October 30th, 2009
Let’s Get Romantic
Posted by: Donna Seaman

I have a confession to make. I was among the many who thought romance novels were silly. Formulaic, pure fluff. Damsels in distress. Ladies in long dresses and painful bodices. Men in puffy shirts. Then I became Booklist‘s romance editor. I scrutinized the wonderfully varied array of romance novels that arrived in the mail. I attended a Romance Writers of America […]


Fri, May 8th, 2009
Nerdalert Friday
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Not content to be simply Likely Stories’ resident comics guy, I’ll also assume the helm of all things worthy of conventions, standing in long lines at conventions, and dressing up in costumes while standing in long lines at conventions. So, it falls to me to hyperventilate about tonight release of the new Star Trek film. Except, […]


Fri, April 17th, 2009
The Wheel of Karma
Posted by: Keir Graff

A post yesterday on Galleycat, about a bookstore‘s cancellation of Jayanti Tamm’s first public reading from Cartwheels in a Sari, made me think of a similar memoir, Kyria Abrahams’ I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed, which made me think of Kevin Roose’s The Unlikely Disciple–which, as luck would have it, was the subject of another recent Galleycat post. Coincidence–or […]


Wed, March 11th, 2009
Bad Girls Go beyond Control in Uniform
Posted by: Keir Graff

The reviews and features of the March 15, 2009 issue of Booklist went live on Booklist Online this morning. While the big story is ALA’s Notable and “best” lists, all linked to Booklist reviews, three new reviews caught my eye. Maybe we should have called this issue Spotlight on Sexually Empowered Women. Bad Girls Go Everywhere: […]


Thu, February 26th, 2009
Not That They’re Exactly the Same
Posted by: Keir Graff

“It always cracks me up when publishers do this,” e-mails Kaite Stover. Me, too. And with budgets shrinking, I’m guessing we’ll see more stock-photo races.


Fri, February 20th, 2009
You got your poegel in my wovel!
Posted by: Keir Graff

First wovels and now poegels. I’m pretty sure the poegels won’t end up in p-books, however. Bear in mind that poegels are essentially something William S. Burroughs used to do with paper, scissors, and glue–which sounds like a lot more fun. And here’s Annie Dillard’s take, which, again, didn’t require the internet. (Thanks, Donna!) I hereby announce the […]


Tue, February 17th, 2009
The Curious Case of The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m sure I’m not the only person to notice this, but I just stumbled across our review of Andrew Sean Greer’s The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004): Max is one of the most unusual people one could ever meet, even in a novel. He ages backward. Mentally and emotionally, he progresses as do other children. Physically, […]


Fri, February 6th, 2009
The Future of Books Is as Bright as a Computer Monitor
Posted by: Keir Graff

(My digital to-read stack may not be cluttering my physical desktop, but it sure feels heavy all the same . . .  ) Ready to think about the future of books? These days, I can hardly stand to do anything else. Join me! In January, in Time (“Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature“) Lev Grossman […]


Tue, January 13th, 2009
Of Wovels and P-Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

On NPR, Rick Kleffel talks to Victoria Blake of Underland Press about a new form of fiction: the “wovel” (“The Wovel: Literary Alternative to Browsing Blogs“). Basically, it’s a serial novel with a Choose Your Own Adventure twist at the end of each installment–the readers vote on what should happen next. Voting is open from Monday […]


Mon, December 1st, 2008
It Is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times
Posted by: Keir Graff

Talk about a business of extremes. [1] One could imagine the book, venerable as it is, just vanishing into the ether. [2] Nevertheless, publishers continue to produce books, while countless numbers of people read them and — a word that crops up frequently in relation to books — love them. [3] 1. “Publishing Displays Its […]





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