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Fri, July 19th, 2013
ALA Virtual Conference Preview: A Conversation with Chitra Divakaruni
Posted by: Donna Seaman

A young woman leaves Calcutta to attend college in Chicago. She will live with an aunt and uncle she hasn’t seen since she was eight. Her expectations run high; she is shocked by how difficult their lives are. Yet when she steps out on the narrow balcony outside their humble apartment, she sees, “The skyscrapers […]


Tue, December 18th, 2012
The Craig Johnson Collection
Posted by: Keir Graff

With a title like “The Craig Johnson Collection,” you might think I’m referring to a catalog of Western wear that includes distressed Wranglers, sweat-stained Stetsons, and cowpie-crusted Tony Lama boots. But I’m referring to Christmas in Absaroka County, Penguin’s special e-collection of short stories by the Wyoming author who’s become a fan favorite for his Walt Longmire mysteries. I’m proud to […]


Wed, October 31st, 2012
Q & A: David Moody
Posted by: David Pitt

David Moody, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, is the author of the Hater and Autumn series of post-apocalyptic novels. He’s also written a standalone novel, Trust, which features a group of aliens stranded on Earth. While very different in many ways, his books share a common theme: ordinary people tossed into […]


Wed, October 17th, 2012
Acknowledgments Pages Say More Than Thanks
Posted by: Keir Graff

There is no better form of literary one-upmanship than a well-written acknowledgments page. Well, other than holding down the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list, of course. Having your very own fatwa is also hard to beat. (“Oh, I’m fine, other than the fact that I had to go into hiding because […]


Thu, July 26th, 2012
Books by Booklist Authors: Lucy’s Tricks and Treats
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Congratulations to Books for Youth Senior Editor Ilene Cooper on the release of her latest title in the popular Absolutely Lucy series! The fifth book, Lucy’s Tricks and Treats, is being published this week and follows third-grader and Bobby and his adorable beagle Lucy through a mysterious Halloween season. After new boy Jack arrives, all […]


Fri, June 15th, 2012
A Love Letter to Libraries
Posted by: Katharine

By now you’ve probably heard about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction—a new adult book award co-sponsored by Booklist. If this is news to you then catch up on The Back Page, er, the back-story before June, 24 when the winners will be announced at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. […]


Wed, June 6th, 2012
Ray Bradbury R.I.P.
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Tributes are pouring in to honor the great writer, humanitarian, and library advocate Ray Bradbury, who died today at age 91, leaving us with nearly 30 books and 600 stories, works that profoundly changed our perceptions of ourselves, life on earth, and the entire universe. In our latest Spotlight on Science Fiction and Fantasy, editor […]


Thu, May 31st, 2012
Booklist Youth Forum 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

By tradition, Friday nights at ALA Annual Conference belong to the Booklist Youth Forum. We are especially excited to announce our 2012 panelists, a who’s who of popular authors outspoken on this year’s topic: “Guy Writers Talk Guy Readers.” Michael Grant, author of the bestselling Gone series and the new novel BZRK. Jon Scieszka, former […]


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 […]


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 […]





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