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Mon, March 5th, 2012
Godfather Sequels & Prequels (And I Starred in One of Them!)
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

There’s a lot of hubbub around Ed Falco’s new prequel to The Godfather, called The Family Corleone. Seems like Paramount, who was not a fan of the two post-Puzo sequels written by Mark Winegardner, wants to “protect the integrity and reputation of The Godfather trilogy” by preventing the publication of Falco’s book. Too bad, I […]


Thu, January 26th, 2012
Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t have anything to add to this, but if you haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s two-part interview with Maurice Sendak (Bumble-Ardy, 2011; Where the Wild Things Are, 1963), you’re missing out. Some side-splittingly funny moments here. Quoth Sendak: “I didn’t set out to make children happy.”  


Tue, November 15th, 2011
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Chicago-Style!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you have anything remotely to do with kids’ lit in Chicago, get your butt over to the Harold Washington branch of the Chicago Public Library on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8pm in the Pritzer Auditorium, to experience the madness that is the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, the first in what is planned […]


Thu, October 20th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Boo: A Day in the Life of the World’s Cutest Dog
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It’s Halloween season, and this book’s subject is called Boo, but who’s afraid of The World’s Cutest Dog (election date unknown)? Not my unnamed coworker, who exclaimed “Hahahaah! Yayay!!! This makes me sooooo happy!” when s/he first caught a glimpse of our fluffy hero’s debut book trailer. Does Boo also make you “sooooo happy!”? Or […]


Thu, September 15th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Maru
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week, book trailers and cat videos combine to bring you what might be BTT’s strongest week yet. We at Booklist are imagining the possibilities if every book box were this enlightening, or – better yet – if Maru, The Most Famous Internet Cat himself, were delivered to our doorstep with his contemplative forthcoming biography. […]


Wed, August 31st, 2011
Keir’s Reading Resolution: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Posted by: Keir Graff

In a few hours, I’ll be out the door and on my way to a four-month sabbatical leave. Before I go, I’m pleased to report that I managed to knock off another title from my New Year’s resolution reading list. As Likely Stories and REaD ALERT readers know, earlier this year I decided to get […]


Fri, June 17th, 2011
Sam Lipsyte’s Self-Affirmation
Posted by: Keir Graff

I hesitated before sharing this video, which illustrates the essay, “Get a Head of Steam for Your Self-Esteem,” by Sam Lipsyte (The Ask, 2010). But, I decided, if we can review a fake children’s book called Go the Fuck to Sleep, to draw the line at man-breasts, simulated barfing, and seemingly genuine flatulence would be mere quibbling. Also, […]


Mon, May 2nd, 2011
The Case of the Missing Author: Solved!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered […]


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 […]


Thu, August 19th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Freedom
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Count me in as one of the legions of Franzenites. I’ve been a enthusiastic fan since The Twenty-seventh City (1988) and I still count Strong Motion (1992) as one of my faves. The guy can write! But can he make videos? No! He cannot! But Franzen’s a wily one. He begins this little–well, I’m not […]





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