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Mon, November 9th, 2009
Margo Lanagan’s 2009 Printz Speech
Posted by: Ian Chipman

  Given some of the more intense scenes and themes in Margo Lanagan’s dark, boundary-pushing, and extravagantly written Tender Morsels, it wasn’t outrageous to expect something a little scandalous in her acceptance speech at the 2009 Michael L. Printz Awards (administered by ALA Young Adult Services Association and sponsored by Booklist). Instead, Lanagan went for the reverse shocker and […]


Fri, October 23rd, 2009
Bill Ott’s The Back Page: Book Party Like It’s July 2009
Posted by: Keir Graff

You may recall that, way back in the middle of last summer (or thereabouts), Time Out Chicago hosted a book launch party for Bill Ott’s new book, The Back Page. Well, Daniel Kraus, whose fingers must be smoking from all the videos he’s been editing of late, put together a nice overview of the event. Unfortunately […]


Thu, October 22nd, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: Shiver
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

In honor of Ian’s great interview with Maggie Stiefvater, I bring you a very special episode: A Tale of Two Trailers. First up is the more-or-less “official” trailer for Stiefvater’s werewolf romance Shiver. The content portion of this video is barely 30 seconds and constrains itself to elements found on the book jacket. Not especially […]


Tue, October 20th, 2009
E. Lockhart’s 2009 Printz Speech
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Author E. Lockhart isn’t afraid of a good argument, as she made clear in her acceptance speech for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks at the 2009 Michael L. Printz Awards (administered by ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by Booklist).  Readers have had wildly different responses to the book’s title character, a prep-school sophomore […]


Mon, October 19th, 2009
Maggie Stiefvater Interview
Posted by: Ian Chipman

This past summer I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk to fantasist-turned-romancer Maggie Stiefvater, whose recent book, Shiver, is providing vampire-addicted teens a welcome dose of literary lycanthropic methadone. But just how did the author of seriously ass-kicking faerie tales (Lament, Ballad) turn up the heat and find herself writing books with actual […]


Thu, October 15th, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: All the World
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Nothing new here. Just a proof of the old maxim “less is more.” It takes only 36 seconds (22 if you don’t count the closing information!) for this video to perfectly encapsulate Liz Garton Scanlon’s All the World. It’s simple: if you like this trailer, you’ll like the book, and in that respect it’s hard […]


Thu, October 8th, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The first time I heard about Pride and Prejudice and  Zombies, I reacted just like any other red-blooded American: I giggled like a schoolgirl and geeked out for about 20 hours by incredulously emailing links back and forth with my friends. Is this for real? It is! This is going to be so bad-ass! I […]


Thu, October 1st, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: Perfect Chemistry
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I’ve been wanting to blog about this for eons, and now that Jupiter and Neptune are in perfect alignment, I can at last discuss the trailer for Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry. It’s one of the best book trailers I’ve ever seen. It’s also one of the least successful. I know, you’re all like o_O.  Let […]


Wed, September 30th, 2009
M.T. Anderson’s 2009 Printz Speech
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

There’s no question that the Printz Honor–winning Octavian Nothing duet presents readers with an intellectual challenge. In his National Book Award acceptance speech for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Volume One: The Pox Party, Anderson himself described the books as “a 900-page two volume historical epic for teens, written in […]


Thu, September 24th, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday Gets Interrogated
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

When I started Book Trailer Thursday back in 1986, I was just a lad with an Apple IIe and a dream. Who could’ve guessed that 1,825 posts later, BTT would be the revered institution that it is today? Okay, so I’ve only been doing BTT for a few months, but the response has still been […]





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